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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

IC Golak Nath and Others Case (India)

Arghya Sengupta

Subject(s):
Supremacy — Amendment or revision — Judicial review of legislation — Constitutional courts/supreme courts — Fundamental rights

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. IC Golak Nath and Others v State of Punjab and Another (1967) (India) (‘ Golak Nath ’) is widely recognized as one of the most seminal judgments delivered by the Supreme Court of India ( Austin 196 ). Despite the fact of it being expressly overruled barely six years after its pronouncement by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharati v State of Kerala (1973) (India) case (‘ Kesavananda ’), the Golak Nath case continues to have a disproportionate impact on Indian constitutional law. 2. In Golak Nath , the Supreme Court, for the first time in India, limited...
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