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ASG, Ranbir Singh take up seats on Law Commission

The law ministry has inducted nine legal experts into the 19th Law Commission of India, including NLU Delhi vice-chancellor Ranbir Singh, Rajasthan High Court judge Shiv Kumar Sharma and former additional solicitor general Amarjit Singh.

The current law commission was appointed on 1 September 2010 for a three-year tenure finishing on 31 August 2012, selecting Justice P V Reddi as chairman and member-secretary B A Agarwal as member-secretary.

Former Rajasthan High Court judge Shiv Kumar Sharma and ex-additional solicitor general of India Amarjit Singh are the two permanent inductions, whereas in the 18th Law Commission previously only a single permanent member was included.

Some of the other selected members include senior advocates A. Mariarputham, B. V. Acharya; former presiding officer in Securities Appellate Tribunal C. Achuthan; principal of Symbiosis LawSchool Shashikala Gurupur Murphy.

Ranbir Singh, who was Nalsar Hyderabad's first vice chancellor and is currently running the new national law school NLU Delhi is taking up a seat as a part-time member.

The Law Commission is an executive advisory body to the Goverment of India that consists of ex-judicial officers, law practitioners and members of the academia.

Its role is to recommend reformative changes for the promotion of justice.

The Charter Act of 1833 had established the first law commission of pre-Independence era while the first law commission of independent India came into existence in 1955 under MC Setalvad as chairman. 

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