A number of constitutional and administrative changes have taken place since the publication of the last edition of the Legal Remembrancer’s Manual dated 26th January, 1975. Plethora of events have taken place and much water has flown down the Ganges, the revised edition of L.R.Manual is need of the moment. In the year 1975 the emergency has been imposed by the then Government in exercise of power under the provisions of Constitution of India. The Hon’ble Apex Court has held in Keshvanand Bharti’s case that basic features of the Constitution are not in the purview of the amendment. Article 368 enpowers Parliament to amend the constitution but it’s basic structure Shall remain intact. The subsequent changes brought by 52nd amendment of the constitution introduced an extended preamble to the Constitution. The concept of Social Justice has been introduced and this period shall be remembered for creation of separate compartment of Legislature and Judiciary. The end of Legislation is beginning of judiciary review. The sovereignty has been redefined and under these circumstances it is very necessary to bring revised edition of the L.R. Manual to highlight the changes. The Legal Remembrancer’s Department has become the part of the Secretariat. It was the necessity of the time to bring Social as well as stringent criminal laws like TADA, Gangsters Act and other similar Acts to prevent social crimes in society and therefore all these changes are necessary to bring all facts in the itinerary of L.R.Manual.
2. Due to change of time Criminal Law has also been amended in 1973 and new code of Criminal Procedure has been substituted in place of old Code of 1898 and certain new provisions has been introduced to give away the changes because of Social and Economic need. Certain new provisions have been introduced as for example Section 125 of Cr.P.c. in modern social concept. The new Cr.P.c. replaces the previous code and now maintenance has been extended in favour of old parents also. Some provisions has been challenged before the Hon’ble Apex Court in the Shah Bano case because of the definition of the term “wife” which has now been elaborated by the Hon’ble Apex Court.