Union cabinet reshuffle: Rijiju removed as Law Minister

New Delhi: In a major cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed Arjun Ram Meghwal as the new Minister of Law and Justice, and moved Kiren Rijiju to Earth Sciences, a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said on May 18.

On the advice of PM Modi, President Droupadi Murmu approved this change in the cabinet.

According to this new change, till now Rijiju, who was holding the responsibility of the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, has now been assigned the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Meghwal has been given independent charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice along with his current ministry.

After being removed as Union Law Minister, Kiren Rijiju said it was a “privilege” to serve as law minister and thanked Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, other judges and law officers for their support.

Rijjiju’s term was controversial — the government and the judiciary had a series of differences in connection with the appointment of judges — and at a media event, last year, he had said that judges only recommend the appointment or elevation of those they know and not always the fittest person for the job.

Image courtesy of Twitter@KirenRijiju

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