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India’s Law Minister Moily for boosting relationships with UK

Rules out early decision on Britain’s demand for access to India’s legal market

12th July 2010: Union Law and Justice Minister Dr.M.Veerappa Moily met British Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke for boosting relationships in a range of spheres, including the judicial system. But Moily ruled out early decision on Britain’s age old demand for access to India’s legal market.

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Describing the meeting with the Clark as very warm, cordial and fruitful, he said British Secretary of State acknowledged India’s powerful regard for the rule of law and talked about the challenges the Indian judicial system faced.

On the opening up of the legal market, Moily said the government would not impose a decision on the legal community in India, adding even Britain took long before opening up its legal sector to Americans.

He added there were more than a million lawyers in the country and they had to carry them along.

Moily also held meetings with the Lord Chief Justice and the Attorney-General. He also interacted with several UK law firms and the UK India Business Council, and visited the Supreme Court of UK to witness the proceedings and attended a reception at the House of Commons.

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