Judicial review is heart and soul of Constitution, says Indira Banerjee

CJ Indira Banerjee handing over the winners trophy to students of Nirma University, Ahmedabad

THANJAVUR: Judicial review is the heart and soul of constitutional law said Indira Banerjee, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court.

Delivering the 14th Nani Palkhivala Memorial lecture at SASTRA Deemed University on Sunday, the Chief Justice said the power of judicial review is implicit in the Constitution.

Pointing out the idea of the basic structure doctrine that emanated from the German constitution, Justice Banerjee pointed out that the Supreme Cour in the Kesavananda Bharati case had upheld the powers of the Parliament to amend the fundamental rights in the Constitution while also limiting the legislature’s powers to amend the Constitution.

The apex court invoked the concept of basic structure of the constitution in that case. She added that the federal character of the polity and democracy are some of the features of the basic structure of the Constitution.

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