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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It is urged in this connection on behalf golakntah the Union of India that even though the assent of the President is required under Aft. No part in a Constitution is superior to another part unless the Constitution-itself says so and there is no accession of strength to any provision.

In the Ninth Schedule the amendment included items 21 to Highlights Of 24 th Amendment. 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.

It may-well be that in a given case such a limitation may also necessarily be implied. Y and thus the golqknath principle will apply only golaknagh the future cases.

I. C. Golaknath & Ors vs State Of Punjab & Anrs.(With on 27 February,

No csse in Parliament doubted the proposition that fundamental rights could be amended, when the First Amendment Act of was passed. Further the Seventeenth Amendment Act was also approved by this Court.

It follows that the expression ‘law’ in Art. They further said that it would be loathsome to change the above principle and supersede it by the doctrine of prospective overruling.


Golaknath case,1967 explained.

Subject to the argument based upon the alleged nature of the amending power as understood by jurists in other countries, which we shal consider at a later stage, it cannot be contended, and indeed, it was not contended, that the Constituent Assembly, if it were so minded, could not have conferred an express legislative power on Parliament to amend the Constitution by ordinary legislative process.

It is good sense and sound policy for the courts to decline to take up an amendment for consideration after a considerable lapse of time when it was not challenged before or was sustained on golankath earlier occasion after challenge.

The doctrine of prospective overruling implies that the effects of the law to be laid down will be applicable on the future dates only i. The rule of law under the Constitution has a glorious content.

We cannot accept that the procedure provided under the proviso to Art. Democracy may be lost if there is no liberty based on law and law based on equality. The decision in Golaknath led to the emergence of two schools of thoughts namely.

It may be noticed that the said amendment was not made on the basis of the power to amend fundamental rights recognized by this Court but only in view of the conflicting decisions of High Courts and without waiting for the final decision from this Court.

Besides forming coalition governments in several states, and the weakening political and moral authority of Congress, Gandhi was caught in a bitter power struggle within her party. The Constitution permits a curtailment of the exercise of most of the Fundamental Rights by stating the limits of that curtailment.

There is nothing to prevent the State from placing certain matters outside the amending procedure. Consequences of SC judgement in Golaknath case: It will be clear therefrom 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. Madison, 1 Cranch If the fundamentals would be amenable to the ordinary process of amendment with a special majority, the argument proceeds, the institutions of the President can be gllaknath, the parliamentary executive can be removed, the fundamental rights can be abrogated, the concept of federalism’ can be obliterated and in short the sovereign democratic republic can be converted into a totalitarian system golaknatb government.


The Seventeenth Amendment Act was made on June 20, The definition of “estate” was amended and the Ninth Schedule was amended by including therein the said two Acts by the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Act, The preamble is not a platitude but the, mode of its realisation is worked out in detail in the Constitution.

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

By the said amendment in the Ninth Schedule to the Constitution entries 14 to 20 were added. Nor was it intended that defects in Part III could not be cured dase that possible errors in judicial interpretations of Part III could not be rectified by constitutional amendments. It can have no reference to the Constituent power of amendment under Art. Ramaswami wrote separate minority opinions. It is not what the Parliament regards at golaknayh given moment as conducive to the public benefit, but what Part III declares protected, which determines the ambit of the freedom.

But others countenance such limitations by construction or otherwise.