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Next Chief Justice of India: Justice T.S. Thakur

Justice T S Thakur (63)  will be next Chief Justice of India. His name has been recommended by current  CJI Justice Dattu. Current CJI Justice Dattu will retire on December 2, 2015. Presently, Justice Thakur is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court. He would be the 43rd CJI.

About Justice Thakur

Justice Thakur was born on January 4, 1952 and enrolled as a Pleader in October 1972. Later, he started practising in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. His father D D Thakur was an eminent advocate who became a judge of J& K High Court and later also as a union minister.Justice Thakur worked in Karnataka High Court, Delhi High Court and Punjab and Haryana High Court. He worked as Chief Justice of both Delhi High Court and Punjab and Haryana High Court. Later on November 17, 2009, Justice Thakur was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court. He would retire as CJ on January 4, 2017. Justice Thakur was head of the bench, which dealt with IPL spot-fixing scam. He was also head of the bench which is monitoring the probe in the Saradha chit fund scam case.

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Rajasthan Assembly passes Rajasthan Vexation Litigation Prevention Bill, 2015

Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Vexation Litigation Prevention Bill, 2015 by  voice vote.

The objective of the bill is to prevent filing of baseless cases and to check the misuse of law for personal benefits. It covers both civil and criminal cases in the high court and subordinate courts.

With this Rajasthan became the fifth state in India after Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Madhya Pradesh to pass such legislation.

Vexatious Litigation: It is a legal proceeding or action initiated maliciously and without Probable Cause by an individual solely to harass or subdue an opponent or adversary. This action harasses innocent and law abiding people mentally and economically and also strains overburdened judicial system.

Apart from the above bill Rajasthan Assembly also passed other two amendment bills. They are

  • Prisons (Amendment) Bill, 2015: It aims at improving the efficiency of prisons in the state and also watch check on violence and gang wars in the prisons.
  • Rajasthan Police (Amendment) Bill, 2015: It adds provision for imposing monetary fine of 500 rupees on anyone who creates a nuisance on the road and obstructions or causes injures to a person or damages property.
  • It also adds provision for fining for the similar second incidence. During second time fine of 5,000 rupees will be imposed and for the third incidence 10,000 rupees and eight days’ jail.

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