Kesavananda Bharati V. State of Kerala () Shankari Prasad vs Union of India (AIR SC ) . Champakam Dorairajan vs State of Madras. Issue. JUDGMENT W.P.(C) OF Appellants: His Holiness Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalvaru and Ors. Vs. Respondent: State of Kerala and Anr. Decided. The fundamental question dealt in Kesavananda Bharati v State of Kerala is whether the power to amend the constitution is an unlimited, or there is identifiable.

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Articles 41 deals with the right to work, to education and to public assistance in certain cases. Regarding the amendment of the basic features of the Constitution, he observed: Constitution will come in direct serious conflict with the rights under Part III.

In the present case, on the other hand, the legislature has purported to pass a law which being in conflict with Section 55 of the Order in Council, must be treated, if it is to be valid, as an implied alteration of the Constitutional provisions about the appointment of judicial officers.

The untold story of struggle for supremacy by Supreme Court and Parliament. Berubari Union and Exchange of Enclaves [] 3 S.

The above brief summary of the work of the Advisory Committee and the Minorities Sub-Committee shows that no one ever contemplated that fundamental rights appertaining to the minorities would be liable to be abrogated by an amendment of the Constitution. Save as otherwise provided in Sub-section 4 of Section 29any question proposed for decision by either Chamber shall be determined by a majority of votes of the Senators or Members, as the case may be, present and voting.

He seemed to be in agreement with the following observations of Kania, C. He referred to this portion of the speech for the purpose of showing the historical background and the circumstances which kerxla giving certain guarantees to the former rulers.

Here, the comprehensive expression “repeal or amend” gives power to have a completely new Act different from an existing act of Parliament.

Kesavananda Bharati Vs. State of Kerala

Article 2 reads:. This case upheld the changes in 24th amendment in Article and Article 13 bahrati Indian Constitution by overruling Golaknath Judgment. In expounding the Constitution of the United States, every word must have its due force, and appropriate meaning: State of Orissa [] 1. Indeed, short of repeal of the Constitution, any form of Government with no stat to the citizens can be set up by Parliament by exercising its powers under Article.

Ambedkar show that he did not regard the fundamental rights as amendable.

It is stated in American Jurisprudence 2d. Seervai on the last 3 cases just cited. Lake 99 Lf. As Sir Alladi Krishnaswami, a most eminent lawyer said, “so far as the Preamble is concerned, though in an ordinary statute we do not attach any importance to the Preamble, all wtate has’ to be attached to the Preamble in a Constitutional statute”. A word is not crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.


It will be noticed that Article is contained in a separate part and the heading is “Amendment of the Constitution”, but the marginal note reads “Procedure for amendment of the Constitution”. Four judges did not sign: The way the Preamble is drafted leaves no doubt that what follows, or is annexed to, the Preamble, is the Constitution of India. Commonwealth 65 Ierala Clause c of the proviso mentions the Lists in the Seventh Schedule, Clause d mentions the representation bhzrati States in Parliament, and Clause e the provisions of Article itself.

It has been said, no doubt, that the preamble is not a part of our Constitution.

Kesavananda Bharati vs. State of Kerala

See Orient Paper Mills v. Such a Constitution can, indeed, be altered or amended by the legislature, if the regulating instrument so provides that if the terms of those provisions are compiled with and the alteration or amendment may include the change or abolition of those very provisions.

Article makes special provisions for Anglo-Indian community in certain services, and Article makes special provisions in respect of educational grants for the benefit of Anglo- Indian community. Obviously no Court can compel the Government to lay down a uniform civil code even though it is essentially desirable in the interest of the integrity, and unity of the country.

Union of India, A. I respectfully adopt the reasoning of Lord Greene in construing the expression “the amendment of the Constitution.

The portion, not within brackets, which has been omitted in Mr. The people therein declare, that their design in establishing it comprehended six objects: It further provides that no person shall be prosecuted and punished for the same offence more than once, and no person accused of any offence shall be compelled to be a witness against himself.

It seems to me that when a Ruler or Rajpramukh or the people of the State accepted the Constitution of India in its final form, he did not accept it subject to the speeches made during the Constituent Assembly debates.

Fourthly, in any case Article is a complete code in itself and does not provide for any amendment being made in the bill after it has been introduced in the House.

While as per the aforesaid views of the six learned Judges, certain “essential elements” which included fundamental rights of the judgment cannot be amended as there are certain implied restrictions on the powers of the parliament.

This analysis of the provisions contained in Clauses a and b of the proviso to Article shows that the reason for including certain articles and excluding certain other from the proviso was vw that all articles dealing with the federal structure or the status of the States had iesavananda selected for inclusion in the proviso.


Similarly, under para 21 of the Sixth Schedule. Story says that Clause 18 imports no more than would remit from necessary implication see pp.

The fundamental rights conferred by the Constitution hharati right to equality before the law, Article 14prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, Article 15equality of opportunity in matters of public employment, Article 16keralaa to freedom of speech and expression, to assemble peaceably and without arms, to form association or unions, to move freely throughout the territory of India, to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India, to acquire, stage and dispose of property; and to practice any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business.

That Section 6 1 included making provision as to the Constitution of the Dominion is made clear by Section 8 1 which provided: I am not giving his reasons for bhafati conclusions here because they will be examined when dealing with the arguments addressed to us on various points. On the other hand it must often be difficult to say that any terms are clear and unambiguous until they have been studied in their context.


This articles shows the care with which, the circumstances in which, fundamental rights can be restricted or abrogated were contemplated and precisely described.

The Seventeenth Amendment has not derogated from the sovereignty, the republican form of government and the federal structure, and the question whether they can be touched by amendment does not arise for decision. Article 47 lays down as one of the duties of the State to raise the standard of living and to improve public health, and to bring about prohibition. Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.

The same implied limitation on the Legislature, in the field of delegation, has been invoked and applied in:. In construing the expression “amendment of this Constitution I must look at the whole scheme of the Constitution. They represent the solemn balance of rights, between the citizens of Ceylon, the fundamental conditions on which inter se they accepted the Constitution; and these are, therefore unalterable under the Constitution.

H R Khanna has given in his judgment that the Parliament had full power to amend the Constitution, however, since it is only a “power to amend”, the basic structure or framework of the structure should remain intact.