New Justice Minister Rijiju meets his predecessor Ravi Shankar Prasad; is informed by officials: The Tribune India

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New Delhi, July 9

Newly appointed Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju met his predecessor Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday.

Rijiju was given the law and justice portfolio on Wednesday and elevated to cabinet rank in a major overhaul of the Union Council of Ministers.

Prasad, who held the portfolio, besides the information and communications technology ministries, had resigned from the government on Wednesday.

“I have appealed to my senior colleague and predecessor as Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad ji. I have sought his guidance in carrying forward the vision of Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji to build a new India,” Rijiju tweeted.

He also shared a photo from the reunion. Prasad also tweeted his encounter with Rijiju.

“I wished him the best and all the success in advancing Prime Minister @narendramodi’s vision,” Prasad said.

At the first meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on Wednesday evening after the reshuffle, the prime minister said new ministers could learn from the experience of their predecessors.

Rijiju then attended briefings by senior officials from the Department of Legal Affairs, Legislative Department and Department of Justice under the Ministry of Law and Justice with Minister of State SP Singh Baghel.

Rijiju shared photos from one of the briefings.

While the Department of Legal Affairs provides legal advice to various central ministries, the Legislative Department assists ministries in drafting bills and crucial documents, including ordinances.

The Ministry of Justice is an important actor in the appointment, posting and elevation of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts. India has 25 high courts. —PTI

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