Golaknath Case. Facts. The immediate facts of the case were that the family of one William Golak Nath had over acres of property in. In the famous case of Golaknath V. State of Punjab, in the year the Court ruled that Parliament could not curtail any of the Fundamental Rights in the. ; posts about Golaknath case which continued to create history of Indian Judiciary. This is case.

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The third method is by an agreement in some form or other of either of the majority or of all the federating units as in Switzerland, Australia and the United States of America. Ambedkar did not regard the fundamental rights as amendable is not supported by the speeches in the’ Constituent Assembly. State of Punjab and Anr. They are McCawley v. golakbath

L. C. Golaknath V. State Of Punjab – Initial stage of Judicial Activism

Gupta, for Intervener No. Sachthey, for the Respondents.

The first method can be in four different ways, namely, i by the ordinary course of legislation by absolute majority or by special majority, See Section 92 1 – of the British North America Act, sub-section South African Apt, where under except sections 35andother provisions could be amended by ordinary legislative process by absolute majority.

The Golaknath case stemmed from the family of the same name challenging acquisition of their farmlands in Punjab under land ceiling laws.

It is also clear on the same line of reasoning that law in Art.

The acceptance of the principle that them is an implied bar to amendment of basic features of the Constitution would lead to the position that any amendment to any article would be liable to challenge before the courts on the ground that it amounted to amendment of a basic feature. It may be said-that the Constitution Fourth Amendment Act, was made by Parliament as this Court recognized cawe power of Parliament to amend Part III of the Constitution; but it can’ also be said with some plausi- bility that, as Parliament had exercised the power even before the.


If amendment is intended to be Something caes than law the constitutional insistence on the said legislative process is unnecessary.

I. C. Golaknath & Ors. Vs. State of Punjab & Anrs.

That provision confers power on the President to remove difficulties; in the circumstances mentioned in that provision, he can by order direct that the Constitution shall during such period as may be specified in that order have effect subject to such adaptations, whether by way of modification, addition ,or omission, as he may deem to be necessary or expedient.

The Indira Gandhi government with malicious intent to overrule whatever was laid down in Golaknath passed the Constitutional 24th Amendment Act, This shows that the amendment is law and that but for the fiction it would be an amendment within the meaning of Art. But Jurists, George F. It is not denied that in its comprehensive sense it includes constitutional law and tolaknath law amending golajnath Constitution is constitutional law.

It does golaknaty do away with the doctrine of state decision but confines it to past transactions. Amendment affected the power of the High Court under Art.

Both the cases, if seen closely, bear the same practical effects. Any other method must be regarded as revolutionary. This Court has the power and the jurisdiction to gklaknath so. Besides it is a historical fact to which we can refer that originally the intention was to vest residuary power in States, and if that intention had been eventually carried out, it would have been impossible for any one to argue that the power to amend the Constitution was to be found in the residuary power if it had been vested in the States and not in the Union.

What is the case about? Indian constitutional case law Supreme Court of India golalnath in case law. This Court rejected all the three contentions. State of Mad- ras 1 they are described as “paramount’, in State of Madras v. Posing the question ‘Is other a law about the amending power of the Constitution?

The King 1 were these: This destroys at one stroke the claim that Art. The next argument is based upon the expression “amendment” in Art.

What Golaknath said was that the Parliament cannot amend so as to take away the fundamental rights enshrined in Part III, whereas in Keshavanandait was held that it cannot amend so as to affect the basic structure.


It recognizes the social reality and tries to adjust itself to it from-time, to time avoiding the authoritarian pat. Nor are we called upon to express out opinion on the question regarding the scope of golaknnath amends ability of Part Ill of the constitution otherwise than by taking away or abridging the fundamental rights. If casw law is to cade treated as ordinary law the same principle applies.

We are however of opinion that we should look at the quality and nature of what is done under Art. The Indian 1 Constitution has made the amending process comparatively flexible, but it is made subject to fundamental rights. Learned and lengthy arguments are advanced to sustain it or to reject it.

The constitution is never at rest; it changes with the progress of time. The ccase did not agree with the view that Article of the Constitution contained “power and procedure” to amend, but instead believed that the text of Article only explained gllaknath procedure to amend the constitution, the power being derived from entry 97 of the List I of the VII Schedule to the Constitution.

Indeed, a Constitution is only permanent and not eternal.

I. C. Golaknath & Ors. Vs. State of Punjab & Anrs. –

It will be clear bolaknath that prior to the Supreme Court of America had treated the objections to the validity of specific amendments as justiciable and that only in it rejected them in an inconclusive judgment without discussion.

Before we close, it would be necessary to advert gooaknath an argu- ment advanced on emotional plane. It further held that Arts. It was because of this doubt thrown on the correctness of the view taken in Sankari Prasad’s case 1 that the present reference has been made to this Special Bench.