Parliament has passed the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today amid din.
The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill. The bill seeks to dissolve certain existing appellate bodies and transfer their functions to other existing judicial bodies.
It replaces a similar ordinance promulgated in April this year. Speaking on the bill, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted the features and the importance of the legislation.
She rejected Opposition allegations of weakening the independence of the judiciary.
She said, the government is committed to the independence of the judiciary.
The bill was passed after a brief discussion amid continuous protest by the Opposition.
Congress MP Shaktisinh Gohil had opposed the bill. Manoj of RJD, Jaya Bachchan of Samajwadi Party and others also opposed the bill.
Ram Nath Thakur of JD (U), Sujit Kumar of BJD and other members spoke in support of the bill.
Mr Tiruchi Siva of DMK had moved a motion to send the bill to a Select Committee which was rejected by the house through division.