Taking charge as Union Law Minister for a second term, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, on Monday said that his aim was to promote legal education and research as well as provide amenities to lawyers around the country adding that the Ministry will continue working on Prime Minister's plan of scrapping outdated laws.
"The Prime Minister has always wished that we scrap old laws. We will take that on a fast track basis. In this term, we aim at promoting legal education and legal research. I am very happy that National Law School has done commendable work. For the security and medical insurance and working conditions in remote areas of lawyers throughout the nation, we will be exploring options," he said, speaking to reporters.
When asked about sensitive issues like Article 370 and 35A, he said that the law ministry will continue to keep up the record number of appointments to the courts as the ministry was a gateway to sensitive issues.
"Law ministry is the gateway to resolve sensitive issues. We have always exceeded the current record number of appointment by always going past 100 appointments," he added.
Speaking about the now-expired Triple Talaq bills, he said: "We will pass the Triple Talaq bill. It is part of the manifesto."
After BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy's letter to the Supreme Court asking them to commence building the Ram Temple in the disputed area in Ayodhya, Prasad has refused to comment on the issue saying that the matter will be expedited by the Supreme Court.
"Today is not the day for discussion on Ram Mandir. Ram Mandir's legal issue should be expedited by the Supreme Court," said the Law Minister.
Ravi Shankar Prasad who won the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency defeating rebel Congress Leader Shatrughan Sinha, took oath on May 30 as the Union Law Minister for a second term in the Modi Cabinet.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Dr.Subramanian Swamy had written a letter asking the PMO to declare Ram Setu as a national heritage and the building of the Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Referring to Article 300A, Swamy has stated that the Union Government has the right to take over anybody's land in public interest and has requested the Government to assure the Supreme Court that just compensation will be given to all parties in the 'Ramjanmabhoomi - Babri Masjid land dispute' and allocate the 'disputed' land for building the Ram Temple.
"There is no bar in the law which stands in the way of the Government of India allocating the 67.72 acres of land in Ayodhya to anybody which has a public character for building the Ram Temple. The government can inform the Supreme Court that compensation, as decided by the Court, will be paid to the winning Appellate," he stated.