Category Archives: Landmark Judgements

“The law is what is read, not what is written.”- Donald Kingsbury

The landmark judgements allow us to understand the correct interpretation of the laws. We at Legal Bites provide you with the latest judgements on various issues to keep you up to date with the latest issues, views and opinions affecting the legal world.

An Analysis of Independent Thought v. Union of India (2017): Exception to Rape within Child Marriages

Introduction This article is an analysis of Independent Thought v. Union of India (2017) case which discusses the exception to Rape within Child Marriages. This is a landmark judgment in the history of the Indian judiciary as, in this judgment, the Supreme Court considered the question of whether sexual intercourse between a man and his wife being a girl……...

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Case Analysis: Lily Thomas v Union Of India (2013)

Lily Thomas v Union of India (2013) was a landmark judgment delivered by the Supreme Court in 2013 relating to disqualification of Members of Parliament and Members of the State Legislature in case of criminal convictions as mentioned in the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The Supreme Court heard two writ petitions together as they related to……...

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Case Analysis: Arunachala Gounder (Dead) By Lrs v. Ponnusamy and Ors. (2022)

This landmark judgment “Arunachala Gounder (Dead) By Lrs v. Ponnusamy and Ors. (2011)” reaffirms the legislative intent of Section 14 of the Hindu Succession Act 1956 which aims at bringing the parity between the inheritance rights of a female Hindu and a male Hindu by declaring female Hindus as absolute owners in the property inherited by her. Mitakshara……...

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Case Analysis: State of Haryana v. State of Punjab (2002)

The case of State of Haryana v. State of Punjab (2002) relates to the completion of the Satluj-Yamuna Link Canal by the State of Punjab as it was agreed with the State of Haryana. The question regarding the meaning of dispute of river waters, the extent of jurisdiction and the role of the central government was subsequently discussed….…...

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Case Analysis: Kuldip Nayar v. Union of India (2006)

The case of Kuldip Nayar v. Union of India (2006) deals with the amendments to the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 where, initially it required for the electors to have a “domicile” in the State concerned for getting elected to the Council of States, which was subsequently deleted by the said amendment in 2003. And, with the introduction……...

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Case Analysis: S.R. Bommai v. Union of India (1994)

The landmark judgement of S.R. Bommai v. Union of India (1994) examined some principal issues of constitutional law relating to the nature of the Constitution, aspects of centre-state relations, circumstances under which imposition of President’s rule in states could be justified, the scope of judicial review of the President’s satisfaction in imposing president’s rule in a state, dissolution……...

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Case Analysis: Rai Sahib Ram Jawaya Kapur and Ors. v. State of Punjab (1955)

Ram Jawaya Kapur and Ors. is one of the landmark cases dealing with the powers and functions of the executive. The court held that with change in time the powers and functions of the executive also change and that the executive does not always need a legislative sanction for its functions. The Court held that there are times……...

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Important Judgments of 2021 – Legal Bites Year Update

Keeping abreast with new developments in the law and significant court rulings is critical for law students. Courts in India are considering and determining cases almost immediately following the second wave of lawsuits that occurred in India in 2020. There have been a number of significant court rulings in 2021. Let’s take a look at the Important Judgments……...

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State of Orissa v Ram Bahadur Thapa (1959): Case Analysis | The Ghost Case

The case of State Of Orissa v Ram Bahadur Thapa 1959 (AIR 1960 Ori 161) pertains to the village of Rasgivindpur. There was an abandoned aerodrome situated in the area. The Garrison engineer who was in charge of the unit had deployed two chowkidars for the safekeeping of the premises. There was a belief among the village that……...

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Marichjhapi Massacre 1979: Case Study

On the dark night of 31st January 1979 (Marichjhapi Massacre 1979) the police open fired on the refugees inhabiting the island of Marichjhapi on the pretext of the locals attacking a police camp. After a fortnight, the High Court of Calcutta decided that “The supply of drinking water, essential food items and medicines as well as the passage of……...

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