Uniform Civil Code issue awaits 22nd Law Commission

Published - July 09, 2019 01:45 am IST - New Delhi

The Delhi High Court was on Monday informed that the issue of framing a Uniform Civil Code will be placed for consideration before the 22nd Law Commission once it is constituted. Centre’s standing counsel said on receiving a reference from the government, the issue was considered by the 21st Law Commission, which sought the views of various stakeholders and met several religious groups.

Mr. Digpaul said the term of 21st Law Commission ended in August last year and the 22nd Law Commission is yet to be constituted. He said once it is set up, the project of Uniform Civil Code will be placed before it for consideration.

He sought some time on behalf of the Centre to file response to the petition seeking framing of a Uniform Civil Code. The court A Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar listed the case for further hearing on August 27.

The High Court was hearing a plea of BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay contending that the government has “failed” to put in place a Uniform Civil Code, as provided under Article 44 of the Constitution.

A Uniform Civil Code would replace the personal laws, based on the scriptures and customs of various religious communities, with a common set of rules governing every citizen of the country.

The petition stated that Goa has a common civil code since 1965, which is applicable to all of its residents, and it is the only state to have it as of now.

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