Text not available, but law in force since 1841
New Delhi: There are at least six laws which are in force for nearly two centuries now, one of them enacted way back in 1841, but their texts are not available with any government department today which indicates that they have lost relevance.
Therefore, the Law Commission has now recommended that such statutes should now be scrapped.
In its second interim report submitted to the government yesterday on laws which need to be repealed immediately, the Commission has said since most of these Acts deal with land revenue, the Centre should ask relevant states to repeal them.
Land revenue is a state subject.
One of the laws recommended to be sent to the chopping board is the Bengal Land Revenue Sales Act, 1841. The law panel has recommended its repeal in consultation with relevant the state.
“The text of this Act is not available on the Law Ministry’s website, or from any other readily available source, an indication that it is not in use. Neither are there any other documented instances where this Act has been used in the last few decades.
This Act should therefore be repealed,” the Commission said in its report.
The second Act recommended for repeal is the Revenue, Bombay, Act, 1842. In this case too, the panel recommended that as the text of the statute is not available, it should be repealed.
The Revenue Commissioners, Bombay, Act, 1842, Sales of Land for Revenue Arrears Act, 1845, Boundary-marks, Bombay, Act, 1846, and the Police (Agra) Act, 1854 are the other laws that have been recommended for repeal.
Incidentally, all these laws were recommended for repeal by the 1988 P C Jain Commission on review of administrative laws, the Law Commission pointed out in the report.