Praising Justice PN Bhagwati, With a Pinch of Salt
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-29

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Justice PN Bhagwati, who passed away on 15 June, has been described as “ a pioneer of judicial activism ”, credited for introducing public interest litigation (PIL) in India, among other things. Justice Bhagwati, who served first as a Supreme Court judge and then as Chief Justice of India, passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.

As a judge with one of the longest tenures on the bench, his impact on jurisprudence in India is undeniable. His judgment in Maneka Gandhi v Union of India changed the way Indian courts approached questions of fundamental rights, expanding their scope more than ever before.

Critically examining his legacy, though, leaves us with a much more complex picture and one that does not necessarily paint him in the best light.

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