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Bombay High Court seeks status report from Maharashtra govt on publishing latest version of State laws online

The direction was passed in order to ascertain the extent of compliance with an earlier order dated May 5, 2017 passed by a co-ordinate bench of the High Court.

The co-ordinate bench had directed in 2017 that within a period of 6 months, updated versions of all the State enactments and rules should be uploaded on the State government website and the same should be updated on real­ time basis.

That order was passed in a bunch of pleas filed by Mumbai Grahak Panchayat and Bar Associations of consumer tribunals in 2011 which also included a suo motu public interest litigation of the High Court.

The plea raised issues of infrastructure in civil and criminal courts in the State and consumer fora at State level and district level under the Consumer Protection Act.

It was noted by the bench in 2017 that the updated versions of the State laws and the rules were neither being published in physical form nor were they being uploaded on the website.

“The orders passed by courts from time to time will show that there is a complete failure in uploading the updated versions of the bare acts and the statutory rules and regulations on the website of the State Government”, the co-ordinate bench had commented.

In light of this observation, the Bench had given a timeline for the State to follow.

Source: Barandbench

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