Reforms to be carried out taking judiciary into confidence: Moily

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - Union Minister of Law M. Veerapa Moily Sunday said the judiciary will be taken into confidence when proposed reforms are undertaken to make it more accountable.

Speaking to reporters here, Moily said the Indian judiciary is the best in the world.

“The judiciary and the government are keen to proceed further in the impeachment case of Calcutta High Court Judge Soumitra Sen. Never before has such a thing happened in the country,” said Moily.

Elaborating on the proposed reforms, he said the present Judicial Inquiries Act, 1968, has no teeth.

“We have decided to have a holistic approach when we look into the reforms. There would be no confrontation with the judiciary. Instead, there would be cooperation and trust with them when the laws would be formed,” added Moily.

Replying to a question on news reports that the central government is considering to repeal Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code to legalise homosexuality, he said that the ministers of home, health and law will soon meet to discuss this issue.

“Right now, there is a court case on this topic and hence we have decided to have a re-look on Section 377. When we finally decide, we will certainly take the views from all sections of the society. We are of the firm belief that a law is to facilitate and not to punish people,” Moily said.

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