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Update: Moily keeps law ministry in cabinet reshuffle

Law Minister-Veerappa MoilyUpdate 18:20: Law minister Veerappa Moily has survived cabinet reshuffle and retained his post after intense but apparently unfounded media speculation that he would be ousted. See the OneIndia article for further details.

Original story: Law minister Veerappa Moily (pictured) could be shifted out of the law ministry to another department in a government cabinet reshuffle expected to be announced at 5pm today, according to media speculation.

With a drastic cabinet reshuffle apparently imminent, IANS reported: “[Salman] Khurshid may be given law portfolio with M. Veerappa Moily shifted to human resource development [HRD] which is currently with Kapil Sibal.”

The Express also speculated that Moily could be shifted to the HRD, in which case the Law Ministry was “likely to either go to Parliamentary Affairs/Water Resource Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal or to Minister of State with independent charge of Corporate and Minority Affairs Salman Kurshid”.

NDTV reported that sources said “that Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath and Minister of Rural Development CP Joshi may be shown the door”.

But according to the Express: “The Prime Minister, sources said, was in a mood to drop Moily but the Rahul Gandhi factor, which is being repeatedly cited in various circles in the context of the impending reshuffle, is said to have helped Moily.”

However, according to the Daily Pioneer Moily would lose the law ministry to Sibal because the government was “facing embarrassment recently on count of Supreme Court decisions criticising it on various issues”.

Moily took up the law ministry in May 2009, succeeding HR Bhardwaj.

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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 20 Jan 11, 03:18
Mr Moily is doing a good job, and the government should let him carry on for the time being. Problem is with the other ministries like the one headed by Mr Pawar.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 20 Jan 11, 08:49
Whoever you are #1, you need a reality check!
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 20 Jan 11, 09:48
useless bloody govt. none of the non-performers have been kicked out. anybody who voted congress needs to get their brains checked.

btw LI how come you are quiet on the swiss bank PIL filed by jethmalani? it is possibly the most important court case of the decade. we would like to see LI interview lawyers about the case.
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 20 Jan 11, 19:59
Moily is certainly doing a good job.......but for whom no one knows....... BTW whosoever ushers on perils in the name of reforms in the legal world.....should be kicked out immediately..... my earlier message was no posted.....where i made sm general statements so LI plz...... have some guts!!
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 20 Jan 11, 21:23
Many apologies - there was indeed still a bug on some versions of Internet Explorer that meant that comments were not posted. I am so sorry for the inconvenience - please post the comment again and we will publish.

Best regards
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Like +0 Object -0 Anonymous guest 21 Jan 11, 05:52
Moily is not insignificant at all. He has good ideas. Even kapil would be a good choice since he puts heart and soul into what he does. Jethmalani may really be targetting the blood of any particular person (nothing wrong though in doing so) whom he may know as having swiss account...
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