Kesavananda Bharathi is the case which saved Indian democracy; thanks to Shri Kesavananda Bharati, eminent jurist Nanabhoy Palkhivala and the seven. CASE NO.: Writ Petition (civil) of PETITIONER: Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalvaru and Ors RESPONDENT: State of Kerala and Anr DATE OF. The case of Kesavananda Bharati v State of Kerala had been heard for 68 days, the arguments commencing on October 31, , and ending.

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Seven interesting things about Keshvananda Bharati case – The legend lives on!

All 13 judges pronounced their separate judgments. By a majority of 7: Ever since Independence, Judiciary and Parliament have had conflicts over guardianship of the Constitution.

Kesavananda Bharati was the culmination of this conflict. Inthe Supreme Court, in Golak Nath held that Parliament could not amend or alter any fundamental right. Two years later, Indira Gandhi nationalised 14 major banks which was struck down by the Supreme Court, although it upheld the right of Parliament to nationalise banks and other industries.

She later on attempted an ill advised move to cultivate a committed judiciary caee grabbing away powers of Constitutional Courts via tribunalization etc through the 42 nd Amendment. The core question in this case, popularly known as the Fundamental Rights Casewas: It was answered via the basic structure doctrine BSD. There are seven interesting kewavananda about the case which demand attention keesavananda —.


BSD gave life to the spirit of the Constitution and at many instances saved democracy and rule of law in India. Advocates may come and go, Judges may come and go, judgments may come and go but the legend of Keshvananda Bharati lives on.

Seven interesting things about Keshvananda Bharati case – The legend lives on!

Happy 43 rdBoss! Seven interesting things about Keshvananda Bharati case — The legend lives on! There are seven interesting things about the case which demand attention today — The entire case came very close of being reheard because of illness of Justice Beg.

However, due to parallel efforts by bar and bench the 5 month long arguments did not go in vain. In total there were 6 writ petitions Keshvananda Bharati, 2 erstwhile rulers and mining, sugar and coal companies and 20 intervenors. Interestingly, he never met Palkhivala. Keavananda hearing ended on March 22 ndand written submissions were filed by March 28 th.

This summary was signed only by 9 judges.

Six judges held that this amount will be subject to judicial scrutiny, six including Justice Khanna said the opposite. However, Justice Chandrachud here tilted it in favour of casw by permitting judicial scrutiny. The judgment in fact helped the government in its socialist agenda.


Towards the end of the hearing, the Indira Gandhi government came to know of the inclinations of judges and that the Chief Justice gharati 3 senior most judges were going to limit unlimited power of Parliament was sought by her.

The three judges immediately resigned. Interestingly, no review was filed against Keshavananda Bharati. On November 10, 13 judges assembled in Court Room 1.

Kesavananda Bharati – Wikipedia

Out of the earlier 13, only 5 had continued in office. Palkhivala requested the bench to clarify if any review petition was preferred.

Justice Ray answered that the State of Tamil Nadu had. The then AG of Tamil Nadu who was present in the courtroom stood up and denied it immediately. However, when on November 12, the case was posted as soon as the bench assembled, Justice Ray pronounced that the bench was dissolved even before few judges had occupied their seats and the attempt to overrule Keshvananda failed.