Ex-Supreme Court judge Balbir Singh Chauhan has been appointed Cchairman of the 21st Law Commission, a post that was lying vacant since September last year.
"Govt. Appoints Dr Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan, SC judge, as Chairman, 21st Law Commission", Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda tweeted.
Justice Chauhan is heading Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal right now.
A judge of apex court from May 2009 to July 2014, he also served as the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court from July 2008 to May 2009.
Justice Ravi R Tripathi (62), who was Gujarat High Court judge, has been appointed as member of the law panel. He retired as judge May 2016.
Among important issues pending before panel, is a call on amending the Indian Penal Code amidst allegations of abuse and arbitrary use of law.