Chairman of 21st Law Commission of India: Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan [ Current Affairs ]


Former Supreme Court (SC) judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan (66) has been appointed as Chairman of the 21st Law Commission of India (LCI) by the Union Government. Presently he is serving as Chairman of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal.

Image of Balbir Singh

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Chairman -Law Commission of India

  • From May 2009 to July 2014 he has served as judge of the SC.
  • He also had served as Chief Justice of Orissa high court from July 2008 to May 2009.
  • Union Government has also appointed former judge of the Gujarat high court Justice Ravi R Tripathi as member of 21st LCI.


Union Government had constituted 21st LCI for period of 3 years with effect from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2018, earlier in September 2015.


  • Chairperson (full-time),
  • Four Members (full-time). It will include a Member-Secretary.
  • 3 Secretaries: Department of Legal Affairs, Legislative Department and Legislative Department as ex office Members.
  • Up to 5 part-time Members.


On a review of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 21st LCI will give its major recommendations and the criminal justice system and the bail law in order to ensure uniformity in the procedure of granting the relief.

About Law Commission of India (LCI):

  • The LCI is a non-statutory and non-constitutional body established by the Union Government from time to time.
  • In 1955 the first commission was founded and since then various commissions were re-constituted every three years.
  • A retired Supreme Court judge or former Chief Justice of a high court is head of LCI.
  • The 20th LCI was headed by Justice A P Shah, Former Chief Justice (CJ) of Delhi High Court and its occupancy ended on 31 August, 2015.

- Published on: March 11, 2016