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Dealing with poorly drafted laws

Most Bills are drafted in a hurry, with inadequate consultation with stakeholders, and insufficient examination by the law ministry

Dealing with poorly drafted laws

The Income Tax Act, 1961, the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2002, Companies Act 2013 and the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 2015 throw up several instances of badly drafted laws hurting their respective sectors, something akin to a tail wagging the dog. Yet, the country’s executive and legislature don’t seem to have learnt much from these mistakes, leaving the judiciary to wield the broom to clean the mess. Experts point to numerous inefficiencies in the long-drawn process of drafting laws. The pain of drafting Legislative drafting is a joint ...