Jamaat-e-Islami Hind vs Union of India,
A tribunal order endorsing a
government notification which declared the Jamaat-e-Islami as an "unlawful
association" was set aside. In accepting the notification, the apex court held, the
tribunal should have had access to the confidential material on which it was based.
S.R. Bommai vs Union of India, 1994:
A nine-judge bench set aside the Presidential proclamation under
Section 356(1) relating to Karnataka (April 21, 1989). The court held that the President
could dissolve a state assembly only after parliamentary approval. He could suspend the
assembly, subject to approval by Parliament, within two months. Even so, the proclamations
were subject to judicial review.
Ramakant Khalap vs Speaker of Goa, 1993:
In response to the Mumbai High Courts dismissal of the appeal
made by an MLA (Khalap) against the order of the acting Speaker revoking the
disqualification of chief minister Ravi Naik by the Speaker (since removed), the court
held the acting Speakers orders void and upheld the dis-qualification order of the
Nilabati Behra vs state of Orissa, 1993:
Awarding Rs 1.5 lakh as compensation to Nilabati Behra, whose letter
about the death of her 22-year-old son in custody was turned into a writ petition, Justice
Verma observed: "The right of compensation is some palliative for the unlawful acts
of instrumentalities which act in the name of public interests and which present for their
protection the powers of the state as a shield."
Sarojini Ramaswamy vs Union of India,1992:
In response to
the plea made by the wife of Justice V. Ramaswamy, a motion for whose impeachment
had been moved in Parliament, the Supreme Court held that even if the President removed a
Supreme Court justice under Article 124(4), the concerned judge was entitled to a judicial
K. Veeraswami vs Union of India, 1991:
In response to the petition (filed by a former high court chief
justice) that he could not be proceeded against under the Prevention of Corruption Act
(PCA), 1947, a Supreme Court bench had decided that a superior court judge was a public
servant and could be prosecuted under the Act. Justice Verma, however, dissented, saying
that the amended PCA, 1964, did not apply to Supreme Court and high court judges.
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