Judicial review is recognized as a necessary and a basic requirement for
construction up of a novel civilization in order to safeguard the liberty and
rights of the individuals. The power of judicial review is significantly vested
upon the High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.
Under Article 13 of the Indian Constitution, the compulsion of judicial review
was described in fundamental rights in Part III. It is stated that the State or
the Union shall not make such rules that takes away or abridges the essential
rights of the people. If any law made by the Parliament or the State Legislature
contravenes the provisions of this Article, shall be void.
Meaning of Judicial Review
Judicial Review can be understood as a form of court proceeding, usually in the
Administrative Court where the lawfulness of a decision or action is reviewed by
the judge. Where there is no effective means of challenge, judicial review is
available. The concern behind Judicial Review is that whether the law has been
correctly applied with and right procedures have been followed.
Judicial Review And Constitution of India
In order to scrutinize the legitimacy of administrative action and the statutes,
the Constitution of India has given influences to the Higher courts and the
Supreme Court of India. To guard the rights of public and implement the
fundamental rights are the main objects of judicial review. If any difficulty
arises between State and Center relation, then Article 246 and the Schedule 7 of
the Constitution has marked the working zone for the regulation construction
between both State and Center.
Judicial review has evolved in three dimensions:
# To protect the legality of essential rights under Part III of the
# To authorize the disinterest of organizational achievement.
# Interrogation of public interest.
Article 13 of the Indian Constitution
Laws inconsistent with or in derogation of the fundamental rights
(1) All laws in force in the territory of India immediately before the
commencement of this Constitution, in so far as they are inconsistent with the
provisions of this Part, shall, to the extent of such inconsistency, be void
(2) The State shall not make any law which takes away or abridges the rights
conferred by this Part and any law made in contravention of this clause shall,
to the extent of the contravention, be void
(3) In this article, unless the context otherwise requires law includes any
Ordinance, order, bye law, rule, regulation, notification, custom or usages
having in the territory of India the force of law; laws in force includes laws
passed or made by Legislature or other competent authority in the territory of
India before the commencement of this Constitution and not previously repealed,
notwithstanding that any such law or any part thereof may not be then in
operation either at all or in particular areas
(4) Nothing in this article shall apply to any amendment of this Constitution
made under Article 368 Right of Equality
Judicial Review In India
Judicial review plays an important role as a protector when the executive,
judiciary and legislature harm the Constitutional values and deny the rights.
The judicial assessment is considered as an indispensable feature in the
country. In India, there is parliamentary form of democracy where every section
of people is involved in decision making and policy making process. It is true
that the primary duty of the court to apply rule of law and is the groundwork of
social equality. By exercising new powers of Parliament, rule of law which is to
be applied by the court cannot be modified. All those here, who are doing public
duty, are accountable. They have to work within the democratic provisions of the
Constitution of India. The concept of separation of power and rule of law is
judicial review. The influence of judicial assessment has been so long under
Articles 226 and 227 in case of High Court and Articles 32 and 136 of the
Constitution of India for the review.
Mechanisms of Judicial Review
In India, three aspects are covered by judicial review that are as follows:
# Judicial review of legislative action
# Judicial review for judicial decision
# Judicial review of administrative action
These facets of judicial review were pronounced by the Supreme Court of India in
case ofL. Chandra Kumar v. Union of India, stating that the judges of higher
court have to interpret legislation up to this end that the Constitutional
values are not to be interrupted. To achieve this end, the judges have to keep
in mind that the equilibrium of control, specified in the Constitution is not
1.Shankari Prasad v. Union of India
It was held by six judge bench, five judges not agreed to amending the essential
rights under the Indian Constitution. However, in case of Keshavanand Bharti v.
state of Kerala where six judges out of seven judges held that Parliament
modifying influence has and at all portion of the Constitution can be amended
and over ruled the Golaknath case. The Supreme Court held that the essential
rights cannot be modified in such a method, which will touch the elementary
construction of the Constitution.
2.I. R. Coelho v. State of Tamil Nadu
This case was seen from Keshvanand Bharti case in which the cases like Chandra
Kumar v. Union of India and others (1997),Waman Rao and others v. Union of
India and others (1981), Minerva Mills Ltd. and others v. Union of India (1980),
Indira Nehru Gandhi v. Raj Narnia (1975), where judicial review was considered
as essential and integral Part of the Constitution of India.
3. Mitthu v. State of Punjab
The Supreme Court of India has struck down Section 303 of Indian Penal Code,
1860. This section had made death sentence mandatory. In case Article twenty-one
of the Indian Constitution was illustrated by the S.C.I. complete its frequent
4. P.U.C.L v. U. O. I.
The Indian Supreme Court, in its historical verdict stated that to disregard or
disobey the decision given by the court, the lawmakers of India have no power to
ask for the instrumentality, if the legislature has influence over the subject
 Supranote 1.
 (1997) 3 SCC 261.
 Supranote 5.
 AIR 1951 SC 458.
 AIR 2007 SC 861.
 AIR 1983 SC 473.
 AIR 1997 SC 568.
Written by: Shubham Mongia