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 argument is that constitutional amendment is also passed by the two Houses of Parliament, and is assented to by the President like ordinary legislation, with this difference that a special majority is required for certain purposes and a special majority plus ratification is required for certain other purposes. Besides the above, reliance is also placed on behalf of the Union of India and the States on the doctrine. If we thus refer to the nature and quality of what is done under Art.

Baxter State Bank 2 stated thus 1 U. Indeed, the latter involves the process, while the former expresses result. glaknath

In our Constitution Art. If some of the authors meant to say that-in our view, they did not-we cannot agree with them, for, in that event this Court would not be discharging its duty.

It is submitted here that the doctrine of prospective overruling in anyway does not supersede the already existing doctrine but simply tries to enrich the existing and rather complex practice with regard to the effects of new judicial decisions, by the adoption of an alternative discretionary device to be employed in appropriate cases.

Therefore when the- House of the People or the Council of States introduces a Bill for the abridgement of the Fundamental Rights, it ignores the injunction against it and even if the two Houses pass the Bill the injunction is next operative against the President since the expression Government of India in the General Clauses Act means the President of India.


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

If the future Parliament wishes to amend any particular article which is not mentioned in Part III or articleall that is necessary for them is to have two-thirds majority. An attempt to abridge or take away Fundamental Rights by a constituted Parliament even through an amendment of the Constitution can I declared void. The check is not in the courts but in the people who plect members of Parliament. Article itself gives the necessary clue to the problem.

Now, what is “law” under the Constitution? In consequence, the First Amendment to the Constitution was upheld as valid. Champakam Dorairajan 2 as “sacrosanct”, in Pandit M. It, therefore, preserves the natural rights against the State encroachment and constitutes the higher judiciary of the State as the sentinel of the said rights and the balancing wheel between the rights, subject to social control.

The constitutional concepts are couched in elastic terms. Illionis 1 the Supreme Court of America reaffirmed the doctrine laid golalnath in Sunburst’s case 2.

L. C. Golaknath v/s State of Punjab – Initial stage of Judicial Activism

Views Read Edit View history. Democracy may be lost if there is no liberty based on law and law based on equality. Posing the question ‘Is other a law about the amending power of the Constitution? In the face of these decisions it is impowible to apply the doctrine of prospective overruling to ordinary laws.

The Legislature, there- fore, had, except in the case covered by s.

It further held unanimously that the Seventeenth Amendment did not require ratification under the proviso to Art. The Golaknath case stemmed from the family of the same name challenging acquisition of their farmlands in Punjab under land ceiling laws. Such considerations are out of place in construing the provisions of the Constitution by a Court of law. As the highest Court in the land we must evolve some reasonable principle to meet this extraordinary situation.


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. Article ‘ provides that a Bill for the amendment of the, Constitution shall be presented to the President for his assent. But in the context of the present petitions it would be enough if we notice the amendments affecting fundamental right to property.

This amendment was challenged before this ‘Court in Sajjan Singh’s case 2. Article which empowers Parliament by law to abolish or create Legislative Councils in States, para 7 of the 5th Schedule and para 21 of the 6th Schedule which enable Parliament by law to amend the said Schedules, also bring out the two ideas that the amendment is law made by legislative process and that but for the fiction introduced it would attract Article The reasons which prompted the minority to arrive at their stance are as follows: The occasion for this amendment was the decision of this Court in Karimbil Kunhikoman v.

Article 32 makes the right to move the Supreme Court, by appropriate proceedings for the enforcement of the rights conferred by the said Parts a guaranteed right. As a result of them, except for land within the prescribed ceiling, all other land can be acquired or rights therein extinguished or modified without compensation and no challenge to the law can be made under Arts. The attack on the validity of the First Amendment was made on various grounds; but three main grounds which were.