The executive, the legislature and the judiciary are the three branches of government, both state and central, in India. Of these, it’s the judiciary’s task to uphold constitutional values and make sure justice for all. The interpretation and application of constitutional values by the judicial system has had far-reaching affect, ceaselessly even altering provisions of the Constitution itself. Even supposing our legal system used to be originally based on the broad principles of the English common law, over time it has been adapted to Indian traditions and been changed, for the better, by certain landmark verdicts.
In Landmark Judgments that Changed India, former Supreme Court pass judgement on and eminent jurist Asok Kumar Ganguly analyses certain cases that led to the formation of new laws and changes to the legal system. Discussed in this book are judgments in cases such as Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala that curtailed the power of Parliament to amend the Constitution; Maneka Gandhi v. Union of India and Others that defined personal liberty; and Golaknath v. State of Punjab, where it used to be ruled that amendments which infringe upon fundamental rights cannot be passed. Of special significance for law students and practitioners, this book may be an ideal guide for any person interested in the changes made to Indian laws down the years, and the evolution of the judicial system to what it is today.