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The basic structure of the Constitution has authority

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Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai
In a clear indication that the higher judiciary is not prepared to give up all its historic powers, Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud said over the weekend that the basic structure of the Constitution had served as the “North Star” for legal interpreters of that document. This represents a major defence of the utility and purpose of the basic-structure doctrine, which is under attack for being supposedly undemocratic. Some in the government have attacked the doctrine, which allows the Supreme Court to declare even legal changes that have gone through the difficult process required for formal amendments

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First Published: Jan 24 2023 | 11:07 PM IST

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