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Features of Indian Constitution

Indian Constitution

Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic

Supreme law of the Nation
Written Constitution
Lengthiest of the all the other countries
Consists of 12 schedules, 25 parts & 465 Articles

12 Schedules of Indian Constitution




List of States & Union Territories

Oaths and affirmations
Allocate seats for each state of India in Rajya Sabha
Administration and control of scheduled areas and tribes
Provisions for administration of Tribal Area in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram
Gives allocation of powers and functions between Union & States.

Union List (For central Govt) 100 Subjects.

States List (Powers of State Govt) 61 subjects
Concurrent List (Both Union & States) 52 subjects

List of 22 languages of India recognized by Constitution

Reservation Contains acts & orders related to land tenure, land tax, railways,
industries.{Right of property not a fundamental right now}


Anti-Deflection law


By 73rd amendment; Contains provisions of Panchayati Raj

By 74th amendment; Contains provisions of Municipal Corporation.

Framed By constituent assembly under chairmanship of Dr. Rajendra Prasad ; Drafted by

Chief of Drafting Committee Dr. Ambedkar in 2 years, 11 months & 18 days
Formally adopted on 26 Nov. 1949 & came into force on 26th Jan 1950 (Because on 26th Jan
1930, Declaration of Poorna swaraj was made by JLN)

Provisions in Indian constitution taken from foreign states




Quasi Federal with strong center compared to states, Governors


Parliamentary form of Government, Rule of Law


Fundamental RightsJudicial ReviewIndependent JudiciaryFederal structure


Fundamental Duties


Directive Principles of State Policy

Germany Weimar

Emergency Provisions


Ideals of Liberty, Equality & Fraternity

Procedure Established by Law

Indian Constitution: Quasi Federal (Federal But Unitary)

Rajya Sabha can make laws with respect to laws enumerated in state list in national
interest by passing a resolution supported by 2/3 of the members present & voting
Single citizenship for all (No dual citizenship with respect to central & state
Common & Centralized Election commission for state gov. as well as parliament
Only parliament has the power to amend constitution (States have their role only in
matters affecting federal interest In this case, Bill need to be ratified by legislatures
of not less than half of states by simple majority States special majority only in
formation of new legislative council)
Common Comptroller & Auditor General of India for union & state government
Single, unified & hierarchical judiciary with same laws throughout the nation
Central Rule over states in period of Emergencies
Constitution does not protect territorial integrity of states Parliament unilaterally
can increase or alter boundaries or name of states.
Common constitution throughout the nation

Features of Federal Constitution (America)

Dual Polity + Dual Government with clear separation of powers + No overruling by

state or central government + Dual citizenship + Dual constitution
Powers originating from constitution with supremacy of the constitution
Independent & impartial judiciary with powers w.r.t constitution of state or of central
Written form + Rigid requires joint act of central & state government to amend the

The Preamble

A philosophy on which whole constitutional structure is based which cannot be

enforced in court of law
Not any source of any government power >> Do not place any limitations on organs
of constitution (Executive, Judiciary & Legislature)
Limited applications & can be resorted only when there is an ambiguity in provisions
of the constitution
Proclaims India to be Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, and Democratic Republic

Democratic Justice + Liberty + Equality + Fraternity

Berubari Case (1960) SC Verdict: Preamble is not the part of constitution hence cannot
be amended
Keshavnanda Bharti Case (1973) SC Verdict: Overruled earlier decision & stated
preamble is part of constitution & can be amended provided Basic structure of constitution
as demarcated in preamble is not destroyed

Union & its Territories Formation of States in India

Article 1 of Indian Constitution defines names & territories of nation >> Describes India that
is Bharat as union of states (Not federation of states)
Article 2: Admission & establishment of new states >> French settlement of Pondicherry &
Portuguese settlement of Goa, Daman & Sikkim
Article 3: Formation of new states & alteration of areas, boundaries & names of existing
states (Power vested only in parliament)

A bill regarding formation of new states / alteration of name or area of existing states
is introduced in parliament only on the recommendation of president who shall refer it
to state but is not bound to act upon states views.
If the said bill is passed by both the houses by simple majority then after presidential
assents it comes into action.
In case of union territories, it is not even necessary for president to obtain views of
legislatures of union territories.

Article 4: Any law referred to in Article 2 or Article 3 shall contain such provisions for the
amendment of the First Schedule and the Fourth Schedule is NOT consider to be an
amendment of the Constitution for the purposes of Article 368.

Formation of States in India

On 26th Jan 1950, Constitution divided Indian states into four parts

But before this division, Throughout India a constant demand to reorganize the states on
linguistic basis arose, Hence constituent assembly formed Linguistic Province commission
(LPC) to look into the matter (Headed by S.K. Dhar) June, 1948
LPC headed by Dhar supported reorganization on the basis of administrative convenience
rather than on Linguistic basis
In Dec, 1948 a second LPC was formed to again verify the report given by Dhar & look into
the matter again >>> Members (J.L. Nehru, Vallabh Bhai Patel & Pattabhi sitaramayya) >>>
Gave the same report as given by Dhar, hence on 26th Jan, 1950 division took place as
mentioned above.

Oct, 1953 >> Formation of 1st linguistic State, ANDHRA PRADESH

Cause: Death of Potti Sriramulu due to 56 days hunger strike for separation of Telegu
speaking areas from Madras (Tamil speaking people)

States Reorganization Commission (SRC): Dec, 1953

Commission Members : Fazal Ali ( Chairman), H.N Kunzru, K.M Pannakar

Abolition of 4 fold classification of states
Recommended creation of 16 states & 3 centrally administered territories

States Reorganization Act: 1956 (7th Amendment): Formation of 14 states and 6 union
territories took place

Formation of States till 2014

An opening was through to make more states in India as per the needs of the situation, but
only after the decision of parliament. This led to formation of a number of new states in India
as shown below:

Bombay reorganization act, 1960 : Formation of Gujrat

State of Nagaland act, 1962 : Nagaland as separated state from Assam
Punjab reorganization act, 1966 : Formation of Haryana
New state of Himachal Pradesh act , 1970
North eastern reorganization act, 1971 : Formation of Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya,
Mizoram & Union territories of Arunachal Pradesh & Mizoram
New state of Sikkim act , 1975
State of Arunachal Pradesh Act, State of Mizoram act 1986 : Formation of States of
Mizoram & Ar. Pradesh
State of Goa Act, 1987
P reorganization act, 2000 : Formation of Chhattisgarh
P reorganization act, 2000 : Formation of Uttarakhand
Bihar reorganization act, 2000 : Formation of Jharkhand
Andhra Pradesh reorganization act, 2014 : Formation of Telangana

Pending demands for new states in India

Formation of Telangana created a flame among other separatist movement for creation of
new states. Given below are some of the pending demands for new states:

Citizenship in India & Indian citizenship acts

Fundamental Rights provided in Indian constitution are available to citizens of India only;
some of the fundamental rights which are not enjoyed by a non-citizen of India are:

Right to be not discriminated on the basis of religion, race, sex, cast or birth of place
Right to equality
Right to life
Right of six democratic freedoms (Article 19) + Cultural & educational rights

Only citizens of India have the right:

To hold civil office

Right to vote
Right to be judges of courts

Indian citizenship act, 1955

Indian constitution provides single citizenship to all irrespective of the states a person
belongs to
Constitution simply describes classes of people deemed to be citizens of India as on
26th Jan 1950 & leaves entire law of citizenship to be regulated by parliamentary laws

Parliament enacted Indian citizenship act, 1955 for acquisition & loss of Indian citizenship.
Since its commencement it has been amended four times:

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act , 1986.

The Citizenship ( Amendment) Act, 1992.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act , 2003.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2005.

According to Indian citizenship act, 1955, Indian citizenship was extended to citizens of
commonwealth countries but this law was repealed by amendment in 2003

Acquisition of Indian Citizenship as per Citizenship act,

Citizenship by birth: Every person born in India on or after January 26, 1950, shall be a
citizen of India by birth.
Citizenship by descent: A person born outside India on or after January 26, 1950, shall be a
citizen of India by descent if either of his parents is a citizen of India at the time of the
persons birth.
Citizenship by registration: A person can acquire Indian citizenship by registering
themselves before the prescribed authority, e.g. persons of Indian origin who are ordinarily
resident in India and have been so for five years immediately before making the application
for registration; persons who are married to citizens of India.
Citizenship by naturalization: A foreigner can acquire Indian citizenship, on application
for naturalisation to the Government of India.
Citizenship by Incorporation of territory: If any new territory becomes a part of India, the
Government of India shall specify the persons of that territory as citizens of India.

Termination of Indian Citizenship

Renunciation by Voluntary Act.

After acquiring the citizenship of another country.
Deprivation of citizenship by an order of the Government of India.

Fundamental Rights in India

Fundamental Rights (FRs) are known as cornerstone of Indian constitution & mentioned in
Part 3 of the constitution
FRs prohibits unreasonable interference of the state & prevents its executive & legislature to
become authoritarian >>> Hence put due limitations of state power
Observance of fundamental duties is essential for having ones FRs redressed in case of their

Fundamental Rights V/S Legal Rights

Legal rights are protected & enforced by ordinary law of land whereas FRs are protected &
guaranteed by written constitution
In violation of legal rights, one can file suit in subordinate court or by writ application in High
court whereas in violation of FRs one can directly approach Supreme court
Legal rights can be changed by ordinary process of legislation whereas FRs cannot be
amended without amending the constitution itself (i.e. by special majority)
FRs provides protection only against state action not against a private individual except
rights pertaining to abolition of untouchability & rights against exploitation

FRs are not absolute but qualified rights >>> Subject to certain restrictions imposed by the state on
the question of national security, interest & general welfare of the society >> But restrictions are
checked by SC & HCs, whether restrictions are reasonable or not on the grounds of:

Advancement of SCs & STs

Sovereignty & integrity of India
Security of India
Friendly relations with foreign states
In interest of general public morality & public order

FRs are justifiable & can be enforced in court of law but state may deny some of the FRs to a
class of people For ex Armed forces, Para-Military personnel, Police forces etc. for national
security & integrity

Judicial Review & FRs

Judicial review is the power of SC & HC only to declare a law unconstitutional & void if it is in
inconsistent with any of the provision of constitution to the extent of inconsistency
Judicial Review is power against both legislature as well as executives
States do not make laws which abridges the rights mentioned in part 3 of the constitution &
any law made in contravention of this clause shall be void to the extent of contraventions

Amendability of FRs

SC verdict in Golaknath V/S state of Punjab (1967) >> FRs has been given transcendental
position by constitution hence no authority functioning under constitution including
parliament has the power to amend FRs
In Keshavananda Bharati V/S state of Kerala, 1973, SC held that parliament has the
power to amend any provision of the constitution including part 3, however without harming
the Basic structure of the constitution.

Rule of Law

Constitution is supreme law of land & all laws passed by legislature must confirm to it
No person is above law & all are subjected to ordinary law without any distinction of rank or
position (Exception: President, Governor, Foreign diplomats & ambassadors)
No person can be punished or made to suffer except for violation of law & any such violation
must be looked by ordinary legal laws in courts
Natural Justice >> No person can be judge in his own case; both sides must be heard,
unbiased & impartial justice

Six Fundamental Rights in India

Article 14 18

Right to Equality

Article 19 22

Right to Freedom

Article 23 24

Right against Exploitation

Article 25 28

Right to Freedom of Religion

Article 29 30

Cultural & Education Rights

Article 32 35

Right to Constitutional Remedies

Right to Equality
Article 14: Equality before law & equal protection of laws

Equality before law (British origin) >> No man is above law irrespective of his rank or
position (Negative in nature)
Equal protection of law (US origin) >> Among equals, law should be equal & equally
administered (Positive in nature)
Exception: President, Governor, Ambassadors, Foreign diplomats

Article 15: Right against Discrimination

No discrimination on the basis of cast, race, religion, sex or place of birth only
No discrimination w.r.t access of shops, hotels & public places including bathing Ghats
Empowers state to make special provisions for the advancement of SC & ST (including their
admission in educational institutions >>> Public & private both)
Empowers state to make special provisions for women & children

Article 16: Equality of opportunity

No discrimination against employment under state office on grounds only of religion, sex,
caste, descent, place of birth or residence >> Equality of opportunity to all citizens for
employment under state office
Exception 1: Article 16 Forbids discrimination on grounds of residence but if their is a good
region to retain certain posts for residents only then parliament may by law regulates the
extent by which it would be possible to depart from article 16
Exception 2: Reservation of employment for SCs & STs along with seats reserved in matter of
promotion with consequential seniority >> Unfilled vacancies to be carry forward & not to
Person holding an office in connection with affairs of religious or denominated institutions
shall profess the same religion or denomination

Article 17: Abolition of untouchability

Untouchability offence act, 1955 prescribes punishment for practice of untouchability >>
Act was further amended & renamed as civil rights protection act in 1976
Under civil rights protection act laws were made more stringent & enlarged to include
Insulting a member of SC on grounds of untouchability, Preaching or justifying
untouchability on historical, philosophical or religious grounds.
1 or 2 years imprisonment & disqualification for election to any legislature

Article 18: Abolition of titles

Prohibits the state to confer titles to anyone citizen or non-citizen >> Exception : Military &
Academic distinction
Prohibits a citizen of India from accepting any titles from any foreign states
A foreigner holding any office of profit or trust under the state is not to accept any titles
from foreign states without consent of the president
No person holding any office of profit or trust under the state is to accept any gift,
emolument or office from foreign state without consent of the president

Right to Freedom
Article 19: Right to 6 democratic freedoms
Article 19-1-A: Freedom of speech & expression with no geographical limitations

Right to express convictions or ideas by words, printing, picture, banners etc.

Right to publish & propagate views of others
Freedom of silence
Right against tapping of telephonic conversation
Freedom of press
Right to know about government activities

Article 19-1-B: Freedom of Assembly

Guarantees all citizens of India to right to assemble peacefully & without arms but subjected
to following restrictions:

Assembly must be peaceful

Must be unarmed
Further reasonable restrictions can be imposed

Article 19-1-C: Freedom to form associations / Unions / Co-operative societies

Guarantees all citizens of India (Except Armed forces, Police force, Military etc.) freedom to
form associations or unions or co-operative societies but subjected to certain restrictions in
interest of sovereignty & integrity of public & state
Does not confer the right to strike or declare a lock out >> Means does not confer the right
to bargain

Article 19-1-D: Freedom of Movement

Right to move freely throughout India (Subjected to certain restrictions)

Article 19-1-E: Freedom of Residence

Right to reside or settle in any part of the country temporary or permanent (Subjected to
certain restrictions)

Article 19-1-G: Right to Trade & Occupation

Right to practice any profession, trade or business subjected to certain restrictions

(Professions requiring specific professional & technical qualifications)

Article 20: Protection in respect of conviction for offences

Retrospective Criminal Legislation / Ex Post Facto

No person shall be convicted of any offence except for violation of law in force at the time
of commission of act charged as offence, nor to be subjected to a penalty greater than that
which might have been inflicted under law in force, at time of commission of offence

Double Jeopardy

No person shall be prosecuted & punished for the same offence more than once but only in
respect of punishment inflicted by court of law or judicial tribunal
Does not immunize person from proceedings not before court of law >> means can be
punished under departmental proceedings for the same offence & then may be prosecuted
in court of law >> Can also be inflicted for contempt of court along with criminal proceedings

Prohibition against self-incrimination

No person accused of any offence shall be compelled to be witness against himself

Article 21: Protection of Life & Personal Liberty

No person shall be deprived of his life/personal liberty except acc. to procedure made by law
Article 21 put limitation upon powers of executive as well as legislature & conferred to both
citizen & non citizen

Article 21 A: Right to education (Added by 86th amendment) Absolute right

State shall pass free & compulsory education to all children of age 6 to 14 years
Only elementary education not higher education

Article 22: Protection against arrest & detention

No person who is arrested shall be detained in custody without being informed on which
Person arrested shall be brought before magistrate within 24 hours of arrest
Without authority of magistrate no person shall be detained in custody more than said 24
Exception: Alien enemy & person arrested under preventive detention

Preventive detention (Detention without trial)

Not to detain a person for what he has done but to intercept him before he does it &
prevent him from doing it
No offence is proved nor a charge is formulated but such a detention is purely on the basis
of suspicion or reasonable probability of impending commission
Max detention can be only for 3 months; for more than 3 months it must obtain a report
from advisory board ( Advisory board shall examine the statements & papers from
government & accused and will formulate whether detention is justified or not
Accused must have the earliest opportunity of making representation against detention
Accused must be told grounds for his arrest except the facts which are against public
interest to disclose
Some of the Preventive detention acts enacted by parliament are NASA, TADA, COFEPOSA,

Right against Exploitation

Article 23: Prohibition of human trafficking & forced labor
Article 24: Prohibition of employment of children in factories, mines or any other hazardous
environment under 14 years of age (Absolute right)*

Right to freedom of Religion

Article 25: Freedom of conscience & free propagation, practice & profession of religion

Absolute freedom of an individual to mold his relation with god in whatever manner he like
Further state is empowered by law to regulate or restrict any economic, financial, political or
other secular activity which may be associated with religion practice

Article 26: Freedom to manage religious affairs

Subjects to public order, morality & health, every religious denomination shall have the
following rights:

To establish & maintain institutions for religious & charitable purposes

To manage its own affairs in matters of religion
To own & acquire movable or immovable property
To administer such property in accordance with the law (Limited right >> Subjected to
regulatory power of the state)

Article 27: Freedom from taxes for promotion of any particular religion
Article 28: Freedom from attending religious instructions

No religious instructions to be imparted in institutions wholly maintained by the state

No restrictions on religious instructions in institutions established under any trust or
Religious instructions may be imparted in institutions recognized by the state or receiving
funds aid from the state but an individual is not liable to attend such forcefully
SC verdict on R. Bommai v/s Union of India >> Declared secularism at par with democracy &
constitutes basic structure of the constitution which is beyond amending power of the

Cultural & Educational Rights

Article 29: Protection of interest of minorities

Minorities & everyone have right to conserve his culture, script & language and can establish
educational institutions for the same
No citizen can be denied admission to any educational institution maintained by the state or
receiving aid out of state fund on grounds of religion, race, cast or language only (No place)

Article 30: Right of minorities to establish & administer educational institutions

All minorities whether based on religion or language shall have the right to establish &
administer educational institutions of their choice
States in granting aid to educational institutions shall not discriminate against any
educational institution on grounds of management under minority (based on religion or

Right to constitutional Remedies

Heart & soul of the constitution which makes supreme court a guarantor & protector of all
Guarantees an individual a right to move to supreme court by appropriate proceedings for
enforcement of FRs conferred under part 3 of the constitution
SC is endowed with power to issue directions, orders or writs, whichever is appropriate for
enforcement of any of the rights conferred by part 3 of the constitution

FRs & Armed Forces

Under article 33, parliament by law can restrict FRs available to member of armed forces or
forces charged with maintenance of public order to oblige them to properly discharge their
Any law made under article 33 by parliament cannot be challenged in court of law

FRs & Martial Law

Article 34 put restrictions on FRs when martial law is in force

Article 19 is automatically suspend
Sentenced passed by highest officer as validated by martial law is supreme

FRs & Emergency Provisions

Article 352

FRs under article 19 are suspended by president in case of national emergency on grounds
of war or external aggression
But only after when it is conveyed to president by parliament in writing passed by 2/3rd of
members present & voting

Under article 359, President may also suspend the operations of other FRs in case of
national emergency

44th amendment prohibits suspension of Article 20 (Protection w.r.t conviction of offences)

& 21 (Protection of life & personal liberty) even during national emergency

President may by issuing a proclamation can restore FRs (Other than of article 19) which
were suspended under article 359, even when national emergency is in force

Rights outside Part 3 of constitution

Article 300 A

No person shall be deprived of his property except by authority of law (No writ petition for
Right to property was removed from Fundamental right & transferred to legal rights by 44th

Article 326

Elections to the house of people & to legislative assemblies of the states should be on the
basis of universal adult suffrage

Exception of 44th amendment for classes who still enjoy right to property

If the property acquired belongs to an educational institution established & administered by

minority, state must offer full market value as compensation
If states seeks to acquire land cultivated by the owner himself & such land which does not
exceed statuary ceiling, then state must offer full market value as compensation

Directive Principle of State Policy (DPSP)

Directive Principle of State Policy provides guidelines to central & state government in India,
to be kept in mind while framing laws & policies & mentioned in part 4 of the constitution.

DPSP + FR >> Conscience of Indian Constitution

Basic aim of DPSPs is to set up social & economic goals before the law makers

To bring socio-economic change in the country

To fulfill the basic needs of the common man
To reshape the structure of Indian society in direction of greater socio-economic equality.

DPSPs are fundamentals in governance of the country & shall be considered dutifully by the
state while making laws, but DPSPs are not enforceable in court of law

If state fails to fulfill these obligations, one cannot go to court of law

DPSPs only provides a yardstick for measuring success or failure of the government

Articles 36 to 51 deal with the provisions of the Directive Principles & are broadly classified

Socialist principles
Gandhian principles
Liberal intellectual principles

Socialist Principles

To secure a social order for the promotion of welfare of the people.

To strive to minimise inequalities of income i.e. operation of the economic system does not
result in the concentration of wealth and means of production to the common detriment;
ownership and control of the material resources of the community are so distributed as best
to subserve the common good;
Equal justice and free legal aid.
Ownership and control of material resources of the community shall be so distributed so as
to subserve the common good.
Equal pay for equal work.
Health & strength of workers, and the tender age of children must not be abused.
Right to work, to education and to public assistance in certain cases.
Provision of just and humane conditions for work and maternity relief.
Participation of workers in the management of the industries.
Duty of the State to raise the level of nutrition and the standard of living and to improve
public health.

Children are given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in
conditions of freedom and dignity and that childhood and youth are protected against
exploitation and against moral and material abandonment.

The Western Liberal Principles

Uniform Civil Code for the citizens.

Provide free and compulsory education for children below 14 years.
Separation of Judiciary from Executive.
To promote international peace and amity.
Protection of monuments and places and objects of national importance
Protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wild life.

The Gandhian Principles

Organization of Village Panchayats & to promote cottage industry.

Promotion of educational and economic interests of the SCs, the STs and the other weaker
sections of the society.
To bring about the prohibition of intoxicating drinks and drugs that are injurious to health.
Organization of agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines to prohibit
the slaughter of cows, calves and other milch and draught animals.

97th Amendment: Promotion of cooperative societies

Directives in other parts of the Constitution (Except part IV)

Article 350 A: It enjoins every State and every local authority within the State to provide
adequate facilities for the instructions in the mother tongue at the primary stage to children of
linguistic minority areas.
Article 351: It enjoins the Union to promote the spread of Hindi Language so that it may
serve as a medium of expression of all the elements of the composite culture of India.
Article 335: It says that the claims of SC/ST shall be taken into consideration, consistently
with the maintenance of efficiency of administration, in the making of appointments to
services and posts in connection with affairs of the Union or of a State.
Under the implementation of DPSP, Zamindari, Jagirdari & inamdari systems were
abolished & actual tillers of the soil were made owner of the land.

DPSPs v/s FRs

FRs provide the foundation of political democracy in


DPSPs spell out the character of social & economic

democracy in India

Lays down negative obligation / restriction on the state

i.e. FRs are prohibitive in nature

DPSPs are positive / moral obligations of state

towards the citizens

FRs have been laid down in clear legal language in


DPSPs are laid in general terms and are sort of moral


FRs represent something static i.e. to preserve certain

rights which already exist

DPSPs represents a dynamic move towards the

betterment of the citizens

FRs are justifiable in nature & can be enforced in court

of law

DPSPs are non-justifiable in nature & can not be

enforced in court of law

What if laws made by state giving effect to DPSPs violates FR, can they be valid? This
question was raised before SC in 1951 in Champakam Dorairajan case !

SC held that they are supplementary to each other & no as such inherent conflict is between
them, thus, as far as possible, should be interpreted harmoniously. However, if it is not
possible, FRs will prevail over DPSPs means DPSPs can not override FRs, hence such a law is
On this ground, SC held Bank nationalisation act & Privy purse (abolition) act
In 1971, 25th amendment introduced a new article 31-c, which states that if state enacts
any law giving effect to two directive principles viz. Equitable distribution of wealth (article
39-b) & Prevention of concentration of wealth in fewer hands (article 39-c), & in that process
if the law violates FRs (article 14, 19 & 31), it can not be held void merely on this ground.
Article 31-c further states that such a law giving effect to 39 b & 39 c, can not be
questioned in court of law.
25th amendment was challenged in Kesavananda Bharati case (1973), in which SC held that
only first part of the article 31-c (overriding article 14, 19 & 31) is valid, but second part
which bars judicial review held unconstitutional.
42nd amendment, 1976 further amended article 31-c & widened its scope & gave
precedence for all DPSPs over article 14, 19 & 31 & hence made them immune to judicial
Minerva Mills case, 1980: SC struck down the changes introduced by 42nd amendment in
article 31-c & held them unconstitutional on grounds that total exclusion of judicial review
would offend the basic structure of the constitution.

Presently, only article 39-b & 39-c can be given precedence over articles 14 & 19

Fundamental Duties India

Fundamental Duties were added to Indian constitution by 42nd amendment in 1976 on
recommendations of Swarn singh committee
Initially 10 Fundamental Duties were added under article 51 A in part 4 A through 42
amendment, Later via 86th amendment 11th Fundamental Duty was added in 2002
Fundamental Duties are basically statuary duties & are enforceable by law (Means violation
of these duties can be met with punishment as prescribed by legislature of India)
a) To abide by the Constitution and respect the National Flag and the National Anthem;
b) to cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom;
c) to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India;
d ) to defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so;
e ) to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all people of India,
transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities and to renounce
practices derogatory to the dignity of women;
f ) to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;
g ) to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild
life and to have compassion for living creatures;
h ) to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;
i ) to safeguard public property and to abjure violence;
j ) to strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity, so that the
nation constantly rises to higher levels of Endeavour and achievement.
k ) to provide opportunities for education by the parent the guardian, to his child, or a ward
between the age of 6-14 years as the case may be.
An analysis of the above duties reveals that they are applicable only to citizens and not to the
aliens & expected that a citizen of India while enjoying fundamental rights, should also
perform these duties. Although there is no provision in the constitution for direct enforcement
of any of these duties, yet, the courts are guided by these duties while interpreting various

Addition of Fundamental Duties along with exceptions to FRs limits the operation &
free enjoyment of FRs

Some of the duties are very difficult to comprehend & also do not appear to be
capable of legal enforcement but only best regarded as directory to Indian citizens

President: Qualification, Election, Powers,


Elected for 5 year term & eligible for re-election

Executive head of India & all the executive powers of the union shall be vested in him
Supreme commander of the arm forces
1st citizen of India & occupies 1st position under warrant of precedence

Executive powers vested in president shall be exercise on advice of COM responsible to the
parliament, however, 42nd amendment made it obligatory for the president to accept advice of

Election of President: Article 54

The President of India is elected indirectly by the Electoral College according to secret ballot
by the system of proportional representation through single transferable vote.The President of
India is elected by an electoral college consisting of:

Elected members of the two Houses of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies of the States
States includes national capital territory of Delhi and the Union territory of Pondicherry

Do Not Participate

Nominated members of both the houses of the parliament & of state legislative assemblies
All the members of legislative council of states

There shall be uniformity in the scale of representation of the different states at the election of
the President as follows:

Value of vote of an MLA of a state: (Population of state / Total number of elected members
of state legislative assembly) * 100
Value of vote of an MP: (Total value of votes of MLAs of all states/ Total number of elected
members parliament) * 100
Hence, value of vote of MLA of UP is highest & value of vote of MLA of Sikkim is lowest
By 42nd amendment, census of 1971 was to be followed till 1st census after 2000, but in
2000, Union cabinet extended the same till 1st census after 2026 by 81st amendment 2001

For a candidate to be President, one must fulfill electoral quota

Electoral Quota: (Total number of valid votes polled / 2) + 1

Candidate with last position gets eliminated & 2nd preference of all ballots, who ranked
eliminated candidate 1st, is added to all accordingly. This process is followed till someone
fulfill electoral quota
Dispute regarding election of president (Article 71) or vice president is inquired & decided by
supreme court whose decision is final
Article 71 further states that no such disputes can be raised on the grounds of any vacancy in
electoral college

Article 58 Qualification for election of President

Must be citizen of India

Must be of 35 yrs of age
Must be qualified for election for member of house of the people (LS)
Must not hold any office of profit under Gov. of India or Gov. of any state or any local or
other authority

Following persons shall not be deemed to hold any office of profit, hence are qualified for
being a candidate for presidential election:

Vice President
Governor of any state

Nomination of a candidate for election to the office of President must be subscribed by

atleast 50 electors as proposers & 50 electors as seconders
Every candidate has to make a security deposit of Rs. 15000 in RBI, liable to be forfeited in
case candidate fails to secure 1/6th of the votes polled

Conditions to Presidential Office

Shall not be member of any house of the parliament or state legislature & if he is, then must
vacate the seat
Shall not held any other office of profit
Parliament law 2008 : Pay of Rs. 1,50,000 monthly & official residence without pay
Pension of 9 lakhs / annum

Immunities to the President

Personal immunity from legal liabilities for his official acts

Immune from any criminal proceeding during his terms of office means can not be
imprisoned or arrested , However, civil proceedings can be instituted in his term of office
w.r.t his personal acts, giving 2 months of notice prior to the proceedings

Oath by President (Article 60)

President takes oath in presence of chief justice of Supreme Court To preserve, protect &
defend the constitution & law

Terms of office of President (Article 56)

President shall hold the office for terms of 5 years from the date he enters upon his office.
Even after expiry of his terms, he shall continue in office untill his successor enters upon his
May resign his office before the expiry of his normal terms of 5 years by writing to the vice

Article 61 (Impeachment of the President)

Power of impeachment of president lies in parliament only for violation of the constitution &
can be removed from his office before the period of 5 years (Quasi-judicial process)

Impeachment resolution can be initiated in any house of the parliament

Resolution initiated must be signed by 1/4th of the candidate of the initiating house
Before the resolution is passed , a 14 days notice must be given to the president
Such a resolution must be passed by majority of not less than 2/3rd of total membership of
the initiating house
Then the other house of the parliament also called investigating house investigates the
charges by itself
President has the right to appear & to be represented at such investigation to defend
If as a result of investigation, other house also passes a resolution supported by not less than
2/3rd of total membership of the house, President stands removed from his office, from the
date investigating house passed the resolution
Other than impeachment, no other penalty can be imposed on the president for violation of
the constitution

Process of impeachment of President is deficient on following accounts:

Term violation of constitution is very vague term & has not been defined anywhere in the
Elected members of legislative assemblies have no role to play in impeachment proceeding
while they have a role in election of the president
Nominated members of parliament have the right to deliberate & vote when the resolution
of impeachment is under consideration while they have no vote in election of president
Procedure & authority to investigate the charges against president have not been specified
nor any definite time period has been specified

Vacancy in Presidents Rule

In case, office of president falls vacant due to death, resignation or removal of President,
Then Vice president or in his absence Chief justice of India or in his absence Senior most
judge of SC becomes the president until next elections are held & new president assumes
the office
Presidents office can remain vacant for max. of 6 months
If president is not able to discharge his duties due to sickness or absence or due to any other
reason than the vice president discharges the functions of President (VP is entitled to the
same allowances & privileges of President during this period)

Article 53: Executive powers of the union shall be vested in president & shall be exercised
by him either directly or indirectly or through officers subordinate to him, But always in
accordance with the constitution
Executive powers Powers of carry out administration of affairs of the state, except
functions of legislature & judiciary

Administrative Powers of president

Powers to appoint

Prime minister of India

Attorney General of India
Comptroller & Auditor general of India
Judges of Supreme Court & High court
Governor of the states
Finance commissioner & its members
Members of UPSC & Joint commissions for group of states
Chief election commissioner & its members
Chairman & members of SC & ST of commissions

In fact every appointment of union government is made in the name of president or under
his authority.
He directly administers the Union territories through administration appointed by him
President can declare any area as scheduled area & has powers w.r.t administration of
schedule areas & Tribal areas.

Power to remove

His ministers individually

Attorney general of India
Governor of the state
Chairman of UPSC or state administration on report of SC
Judges of SC or HC
Chief election commissioner
Comptroller & auditor general of India
Finance commissioner

(Removal mainly based on the address of the parliament)

Legislative Powers

Summons the houses of parliament atleast twice a year, Prorogue either house & can
dissolve Lok sabha
Nominates 12 members of Rajya Sabha & may nominate 2 representatives of Anglo Indian
community to Lok Sabha
May address either house seperately or jointly or can send messages to them. At the
commencement of 1st session of parliament annually, President delivers an address
corresponding to queens speech from the throne in British parliament
Every bill passed by parliament must receive presidential assent before it can become an act.
President may give his assent or withhold or return it for reconsideration along with his own
suggestions ( Except money bill and constitutional amendment bill)
But if the bill is passed again with or without the amendments President is bound to give his
assents to it

President makes certain reports & statements to be laid before parliament as stated below:

Annual financial statement (Budget) & supplementary statement

Auditor General Report relating to accounts of government of India
Recommendation made by finance commission
Report of UPSC, explaining the reasons where any advice of the commission has not been
Report of National commission for SCs & STs
Report of special officers for linguistic minorities

Certain bills (Bill for formation of new states or alteration of boundaries of states, money bill,
financial) needs presidential recommendations for introduction in parliament

Veto powers of the President

Absolute Veto: Power of president to withhold his assent to a bill passed in parliament. The
bill then ends & does not become an act. If before passing assent to a bill, ministry resigns &
a new COM is formed, then on its advice President can use his veto powers against the bill .
(In 1954, Rajendra prasad withheld his assent to PEPSU appropriation bill)

Suspensive Veto: Power of president to return a bill passed in parliament for reconsideration
(except money Bill)

Pocket Veto: No time frame for President to give his assent or refuse i.e. pocket a bill for
infinite times (Not for constitutional amendment bill as 24th amendment 1971, made it
obligatory for the president to give his assent to constitutional amendment bill

Ordinance making powers of the President

Ordinances interim or temporary legislation laws President can issue ordinances only
on subjects parliament can legislate or make laws with same limitations as of parliament
President promulgate ordinances (authoritive order) under article 123 mainly when either or
both the houses of parliament are not in session & immediate action is needed
A Presidential ordinance has same force & effect as an act of parliament. However, it must be
laid down before both the houses of the parliament & must be approved by both the houses
within 6 weeks from re-assembly of houses. Failure to comply with this condition or
parliamentary disapproval within 6 weeks period will make ordinance invalid

Judicial Powers (Basically Pardoning Powers)

Where the punishment or sentence is by court martial

Where the punishment is for offence against union law
In all cases where sentence is death sentence Only authority for pardoning a death

Pardon: Can rescinds both conviction & sentence + can absolve the offender from all
offences & disqualification

Reprieve: Can make stay of execution of a sentence (esp. of death) for pardon or
Remission: To reduce amount of sentence without changing its character (ex. 6 months for 1
Respite: Awarding a lesser sentence instead of a prescribed penalty in view of special facts
(ex. in case of pregnant women offender)
Commutation: Substitutes one form of punishment for another or lighter character

Emergency Powers
National Emergency Article 352 On grounds of threat to security of India or any part
of it , By war, external aggression or armed rebellion
Presidential Rule Article 356 Proclamation for taking over the administration of a
state, when state government can not carry out administration in state in accordance with
provisions of the constitution
Financial Emergency Article 360 When financial stability of credit of India or any
part thereof is threatened
Any proclamation under the emergency powers of the president, in order to be in operation
beyond a certain period, should be approved by parliament within the period so specified by

Financial Powers

It is only on the permission of president that annual financial statement (Budget) is laid
down before the parliament
Recommends the introduction of money bill & financial bill in parliament
Constitutes finance commission after every five years
Controls contingency fund for unforeseen expenses like flood, drought, war etc.
Places report of CAG before parliament & recommendations of Finance commission

Military Powers

Supreme commander of armed forces

Has power to declare war & peace
But, His military powers are subjected to the regulations of law, therefore, parliament has
the real power to regulate or control the exercise of such powers

Diplomatic Powers

Sends & receive ambassadors & other diplomatic representatives

All treaties & international agreements are negotiated & amended in the name of president,
though subjected to ratification by parliament

Presidents Position

Whenever constitution requires the satisfaction of the president, it is not his personal
satisfaction, but is the satisfaction of COMs
It is obligatory for the president to always have a C.O.M
Even after dissolution of lower house (Lok Sabha) of parliament, COMis in existence to aid &
advice the president in exercise of his executive powers
If he ignores the advice of COMs or acts contrary to advice of COMs, he can be impeached
for violation of constitution

42nd amendment, 1976 Amended article 74 & made advice of COMs binding for the
44th amendment 1978 Further amended 74th article that President may require COMs to
reconsider an advice, but is bound to act after reconsideration
Though president is not connected with decision making power of the cabinet, yet article 78
A, casts on PM to keep President informed of all cabinet decisions, concerning administration
of affairs of the union & proposal for legislation.Under some circumstances, president has to
act as per his own wisdom, sense of justice & discretion:

Appointment of PM, under situation when no single political party commands clear majority
support of lok sabha
Appointing a PM in case of vacancy due to sudden death & availability of no acknowledged
leader, due to inability of legislature party to do so and absence of settled seniority among
cabinet members; name of PM is proposed from outside
Dissolution of Lok sabha on advice of COMs which has lost the support of majority members
of lok sabha or against whom a motion of no confidence has been passed
Dismissing ministries, in case COMs has lost the confidence of lower house of the parliament
but still refuses to resign

Vice President: Qualification, Election,

Removal, Emoluments
Vice President

Appointed for 5 years

Ex- officio chairman of council of states (Rajya Sabha)
2nd highest dignitary of India, occupying 2nd place in warrant of precedence
Presides over the proceedings of Rajya sabha.

Whenever vacancy occurs in the office of President or President is unable to discharge his
duties, Vice President acts as president of India & ceases to perform duties as chairman of
Rajya Sabha (During this period, he is entitled to all emoluments & incentives of President)

Qualification for Vice President

Must be citizen of India

Must be 35 years of age
Must not held any office of profit
Qualified to be elected as a member of Rajya Sabha

Can not be a member of either house of the parliament or state legislature & if a member of
parliament or state legislature is elected as Vice President, he ceases to be member of
parliament of state legislature from the date he enters upon his office of VP

Nomination of a candidate for election to the office of VP must be subscribed by atleast 20

electors as proposers & 20 electors as seconders.
Every candidate has to make security deposit of Rs. 15000 to RBI, stands forfeited if failed to
get 1/6th of the votes polled

VP holds office for 5 years, but if his successor is unable to enter the office, he continues to
hold his office beyond the stated period of 5 years until his successor enters upon his office
(But election is to be held no later than 60 days of expiry of the term of office of outgoing

Election of Vice President

Elected indirectly by Electoral College, consisting of all members of parliament (Both elected
& nominated) (State government do not participate in VPs election)
Election is held in accordance with system of proportional representation by means of single
transferrable vote & voting via secret ballot.
Supreme Court has final & exclusive jurisdiction for resolving disputes & doubts relating to
election of Vice President

Oath Vice President

VP takes oath in presence of President, to bear true faith & allegiance to constitution of
India & to faithfully discharge duties of his office

Removal of Vice President

VP can be removed from his office by a resolution raised only in Rajya sabha, passed by
effective majority e. Greater than 50% of (Total membership Vacancy) & agreed upon by
simple majority i.e. greater than 50 % of total voting members, of the Lok sabha.
Prior to passing the resolution in Rajya sabha, a 14 days notice should be served to him
A formal impeachment is not required for his removal as in case of President


Rent free accommodation from Government

Annual salary of Rs. 1,25,000 & pension of Rs. 7.5 Lakhs / Annum
When acts as President, he gets all the allowances, powers, immunities & salary of President

Council Of Ministers
Council of ministers consists of

Cabinet ministers
Minister of States (Independent charge)
Deputy Minister (Minister of state)

Points to Ponder

PM is appointed by President & on PMs advice COMs (President has to accept PMs choice)
Strength of COMs is not fixed, but depends on PM but shall not increase 15% of total
strength of the Lok sabha as per 91st amendment
A COM must be a minister of either of the house of parliament. If a person who is not a
member of either house of the parliament, is appointed as minister, he shall cease to be a
minister after 6 months, unless, he manages to get elected to either of the 2 houses
Ministers are required to take oath of secrecy administered by President
A COM may be chosen from either house of the Parliament. A COM who is member of one
house, has the right to speak in & take part in proceedings of other house without any right
to vote if he is not the member of that house
Constitution does not classify members of COM into different ranks, but is done informally
following British practice


An informal body of senior ministers who forms the inner circle. It is the cabinet, which
meets as & when summoned by PM, for taking important decision of the government.
Cabinet is the real policy making body of COM
A cabinet minister always heads a ministry & is given independent charge of it, unless he is
appointed as a minister without portfolio
Generally assisted by minister of state (but not bound constitutionally) or a deputy minister
or both
A cabinet minister attends meetings of cabinet on his own right
A minister of state is given an independent charge but generally assist a cabinet minister in
running the ministry
A minister of state can not attend meeting of cabinet on his own right but can attend if
invited. He is normally invited when given independent charge of a ministry
A deputy minister is a junior member of the COM. He always functions under a cabinet
minister or minister of state. He does not attend a cabinet meeting

Original constitution did not specifically mention the word cabinet anywhere. It was through
44th amendment, 1978 word cabinet was used under article 352. But it is not defined
anywhere & is based on understanding & conventions of Britain
All members of COM are not member of cabinet. Its composition is flexible. It is for PM to
determine from time to time the composition of cabinet, though due to relative importance of
certain departments, their ministers are invariably its members
Cabinet is central directing instrument of government in legislation as well as administration.
It is cabinet which controls parliaments & governs the country. Primary function of cabinet is
to formulate policies of government for the good governance of the country, have it accepted
by the legislature & carry on executive function of the state as per the constitution & laws
Principle of collective responsibility

Basic principle of parliamentary or cabinet form of government is principle of collective

COMs is collectively responsible to lok sabha for the policies & decisions of the government,
even though a decision taken may pertain to a single ministry
Individual ministers may have differences among themselves on certain issues, but once a
decision is taken by the cabinet, it becomes joint decision of COMs. If a minister does not
agree with the decision of cabinet, he has no option but to resign from COMs . He can not
disapprove a decision of the cabinet & at the same time remain as a member of COMs
If a decision of a particular ministry on a political matter is defeated in Lok sabha, it is not
the ministry who resigns, but the whole COMs resigns, But if a minister has implemented a
decision without the approval of cabinet & it is defeated in Lok sabha, minister concerned
only has to resign, not the whole cabinet

All ministers are individually responsible to the President. Ministers hold office during the
pleasure of the President & can be removed from COMs by the President at any time but only
on the advice of PM. Hence, this power is mainly exercised by the PM
PM (1st among equals) is keystone in cabinet arch which means if he resigns or dies, whole
COMs goes out with him or COMs does not exist without the PM
PM acts as a connecting link b/w cabinet & President in communicating all decisions of
COMs & administrative or legislative affairs to the President
He is leader of majority party in Lok sabha & the main link b/w cabinet & parliament, acts as
government chief spokesperson in Parliament
President enjoys the right to information of affairs of the state & holds:

Right to be consulted
Right to encourage
Right to warn

Attorney General of India

Appointed by President
Must be qualified to be appointed as a judge of SC
Holds office during the pleasure of the President & can be removed by him anytime.
Conventionally he resigns when COMs resign or is replaced as he is appointed on their
1st law officer of GOI & its chief legal advisory & primary lawyer in SC
Not a member of cabinet, Does not have any executive authority & is not a political

Points to Ponder

Can not defend an accused in criminal proceedings or accept directorship of any company
without the permission of the government
Assisted by 2 solicitor generals (appointed for 3 yrs) & 4 additional solicitor generals
(appointed for 3 yrs), eligible for re-appointment, for a further term not exceeding three
To be consulted only in legal matters , only after ministry of law has been consulted

Duties of Attorney General

To give advice to GOI on legal matters

To perform other legal duties assigned to him by the president
To discharge function assigned to him by constitution or other legal laws
Enjoys the right of audience in all the courts of India
Entitled to take part in proceedings of the parliament & can be a member of parliamentary
committees but does not have a right to vote in parliament
Allowed to take up private practice, provided other party is not the state. Because of this he
is not paid salary but a retainer (to be determined by the President) Equivalent to salary of a
Judge of SC

Difference between Attorney General & Solicitor General:

Solicitor General is subordinate to the Attorney General of India and works under him.
The Solicitor General for India is the second law officer of the country, assists the Attorney
Unlike the post of Attorney General of India, which is a Constitutional post under Article 76
of the Constitution of India, the posts of the Solicitor General and the Additional Solicitors
General are merely statutory.

Comptroller & Auditor General of India


Appointed by President, nominated by PM of India

Office term 6 years or upto 65 yrs of age
Salary 90,000 / month & can be removed by the President on the same grounds & manner
as a judge of SC

Duties & Function

He is the chief Guardian of Public purse & head of Indian audit & account department
Audits accounts of Union & states to ensure nothing is spent out of consolidated fund of
India or of the state without the sanction of the parliament or respective state legislature

Audits government owned companies (51% stake of Gov.) as an external auditor

Reports of CAG are taken into consideration by public accounts committee (PAC)

Public accounts committee (PAC)

A committee of not more than 22 members (LS 15 & RS 7)

formed every year in parliament & state legislature
No member of PAC should be from COM)
Chairman of PAC is appointed by speaker of Lok sabha & is generally from opposition party

Independence of office of CAG

Gets security of tenure as though appointed by President, CAG may be removed from his
office only on the grounds of proved misbehavior or incapacity only in a manner as a judge
of SC is removed (i.e. each house of parliament is passing a resolution supported by not less
than 2/3rd of the members present & voting )

Salary & conditions of his service can not be changed except under financial emergency
His salary is charged from consolidated fund of India & is not subjected to vote of parliament
(paid salary equivalent to Judge of SC) & is eligible for annual pension

In other matters, his conditions of service shall be determined by rules applicable to an IAS
officer, holding a rank of secretary to GOI
After retirement, he is disqualified for appointment under union or state government

The Parliament President, Rajya Sabha &

Lok Sabha

Indian Parliament

Council of states (Rajya Sabha)
House of the people (Lok Sabha)

Though President is not the member of either house of the parliament, he is an integral part
of it.
Principle function of Parliament is to legislate i.e. to make laws on all subjects enumerated in
Union and Concurrent list (also on residuary subjects) & in some cases on state list subjects
for the benefit of the country
COM as a body is responsible to parliament for general affairs of the government.
As a result, a vote of no confidence against any one minister is tantamount to vote of no
confidence against whole COM
Lack of parliamentary confidence in the government may be expressed by house of the
people by -

Passing motion of no confidence in COM

Passing a censure motion
Passing an adjournment motion
Defeating the government on financial measures

Rajya Sabha

VP is ex-officio chairman of Rajya Sabha

Total membership is 250

238 members elected as representative of state & UTs

12 members nominated by president (Veterans from art, science, literature & social

There is no difference b/w elected & nominated members except only elected members can
participate in elections of President
Office term for RS is 6 years with 1/3rd of members retiring every 2 years
RS members are elected by legislative assembly of states & UTs by means of single
transferable vote through proportional representation (Based on population)
Only 4 members are elected from UTs

3 from Delhi
1 from Pondicherry

No seat is reserved for SCs & STs

Retired members of RS are eligible for re-election & re-nomination
RS meets in continuous sessions & is not subjected to dissolution
Salary & other benefits are same as Lok sabha
RS have equal footings in all the areas of legislation compared to Lok sabha except in area of
supply, where Lok sabha has overriding powers


Must be citizen of India & have attained 30 years of age

Must be a registered voter in parliamentary constituency in any of the state
Subscribe before election commission an oath, as prescribed by 3rd schedule

Working Hours

11 am 12
Q & A hour
1st hour of working days i.e. Monday to Friday

Special Powers

A resolution seeking removal of VP can be originated only in Rajya Sabha

Under article 249, it can shift an item of state list to union or concurrent list

If RS passes a resolution by majority of not less than 2/3 rd of members present & voting,
then it is expedient for parliament to make laws wrt any matter enumerated in state list for
whole or any part of territory of India on that matter for a period of not less than 1 year.
However, RS can extend the law by passing same resolution with same majority for 1 year

If RS passes a resolution by 2/3rd of majority of members present & voting, then it is

expedient in national interest to create one or more all India services

Money Bill

If Rajya Sabha returns the bill to Lok Sabha opposing the bill, then it is deemed to have
Rajya Sabha can send recommendations to Lok Sabha, but Lok Sabha is not bound to act on
Also Rajya Sabha does not have pocket veto & if it does not passes the bill within 14 days, it
is again deemed to have been passed by the house

No confidence Motion

Unlike Lok Sabha, it cannot pass motion of no confidence against the government

Lok Sabha

Also known as lower house of parliament or house of the people

Members are directly elected by the people for 5 years
Lok Sabha can be dissolved by the President
Total strength is 552

530 Representatives of the state,

20 Representatives of UTs
2 from Anglo Indian community nominated by President)

Parliament has frozen the representation of states & UTs at 543 till 2026 by 84th amendment
in 2001
Seats are allotted to every state on the basis of population as far as possible

Based on 2001 census i.e. in ratio b/w no. of seats allotted to its population
Provision does not apply to states having Population < 6 million

Certain seats are reserved for SCs & STs According to 87th amendment 2003 viz.

2001 census as delimitation of constituencies of Lok Sabha

State legislative assemblies within the state for SC / ST population

42nd amendment 1976, extended the normal life of Lok sabha to 6 years but 44th
amendment 1978 again reversed it to a period of 5 yrs
Duration of Lok sabha can be extended by a max. of 1 year at a time during proclamation of
national emergency Article 352, But if proclamation comes to end then not more than 6


Must be a citizen of India & must have attained age of 25 years

Must be a registered voter in parliamentary constituency of India
Must subscribe by an oath administered by Election commission as mentioned in 3rd

Special Powers

Motion of no confidence can only be initiated & passed in Lok sabha

Money & Financial bill can only be originated in Lok sabha
RS cannot amend or reject money bill
Under article 352, Lok sabha in special sitting, can disapprove the proclamation of President,
regarding continuance in force of national emergency. Hence, President has to revoke the
emergency in this case

Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha

Disqualifications (RS & LS)

Must not hold any office of profit

Must not of unsound mind & undischarged solvent
Must not acquire citizenship of foreign country
Must not be disqualified under any law made by the President

Resignation (RS & LS)

May submit resignation to the speaker of Lok Sabha / Chairman of Rajya Sabha respectively
Disqualified if absent for 60 days without the permission of the house
Penalty of Rs. 500 / Day as a debt to Union for sitting & voting when a person is not qualified
or has been disqualified or not affirmed by oath

Difference between Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha

Privileges & Immunities of Parliament

Freedom of speech to each MP which means no action shall be taken on any words or
speech spoken by him during the proceedings of the house
No action for any public speech
Absolute immunity from any action & for anything stated within the house
Protected from any disclosure that one makes in parliament

Freedom from arrest

Cannot be arrested & put in prison for any civil action within a period of 40 days before &
after the commencement & termination of a session of the house
Immunity does not extend to arrest in criminal proceedings or contempt of court or
preventive detention
Right to refuse to give evidence & appear as a witness in a case pending in court of law when
parliament is in session

Inquiries within House

Each house has the power to institute enquiries & order attendance of the witnesses. In case
of disobedience, may order to bring witnesses in custody to bar of the house

Disciplinary Powers

For offending conduct of the house may impose disciplinary action on the member
May expel a member for ill conduct inside or outside of the house

Privacy of debate & Right to exclude others

Proceedings & sitting in camera

Publication of proceedings on media
Powers to punish a member or outsider for contempt of the house

Committee of Privileges

To look after powers, privileges & immunities of the house & its members
Lok Sabha 15 members as nominated by the speaker
Rajya Sabha 10 members as nominated by the chairman


Restrictions imposed by the rules of procedure of the house

No discussion can take place in parliament wrt conduct of any judge of SC or HC in discharge
of his duties except upon a motion for removal of a judge

Speaker of Lok Sabha, Chairman of Rajya

Speaker & Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha

Elected by members of LS among themselves & do remain in office as long as they are
members of the house
Speaker continues in his office even after LS is dissolved, till newly elected LS is constituted.
In normal situations, Speaker does not vote in 1st instance, but exercises his casting vote in
case of tie i.e. in case of equality of votes to maintain impartiality of his office
He is representative & spokesperson of the house in its collective capacity & chief custodian
of its powers & privileges

Removal of Speaker

Speaker & deputy speaker may resign by writing to each other

Can be removed by a resolution passed by effective majority after giving a 14 days prior
When such a notice is in consideration against the speaker, He can not preside over the
proceedings of the house. He can, however, participate in proceedings of the house & can
even vote in 1st instance, though not when there is an equality of votes

Impartiality & Independence of office of speaker

His salary & allowances are fixed by parliament by law & charged from consolidated fund of
India & are not subjected to annual vote of parliament
His work & conduct can not be discussed & criticized in LS except while substantive motion
Can not be removed from the office except a resolution passed by effective majority

Powers of Speaker

Possesses certain powers that do not belong to chairman of RS

Presides over joint sitting of 2 houses of the parliament
When a money bill is transferred from LS to RS, power to certify it as money bill is given to
speaker & his decision whether a bill is money bill or not is final
His permission is compulsory on question of bringing adjournment motion

Passed only in Lok Sabha

Adjournment of business of the house for purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent
public importance)

Appointment of primary committees & himself as ex officio chairman of certain

committees of the parliament

Speakers conduct in regulating the procedure of maintaining order in house is not subjected
to jurisdiction of court
Under anti deflection act, authority of speaker if final, though open to judicial review

Chairman / Deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha

VP / Chairman of RS presides over the proceedings of RS as long as he does not act as

President of India
In absence of chairman, Deputy Chairman presides over the proceedings of RS

Deputy Chairman is elected by members of RS among themselves

Deputy Chairmans salary is equivalent to speaker of Lok sabha

Presiding officer of each house has the final power to interpret the rules of procedure of the
Both chairman & deputy chairman cannot preside over a sitting of the house, when
resolution of their removal is under consideration.
However they can be present, can speak for themselves & take part in proceedings of the
house but without right to vote

Removal of Deputy Chairman

If he resigns, or
Ceases to be member of RS, or
Can be removed by passing a resolution by majority, but such a resolution can only be
moved after giving 14 days advance notice to him

Bills in Parliament
Government member bill
Bill introduced by a minister of government, can be

Ordinary bill
Money bill
Financial bill
Constitutional amendment bill

As it is moved by the the government itself, President does not interfere in introduction of the
bill as he is obligatory to advice of COM

Private member bill

A bill introduced by a non-government member

President can use his powers of absolute veto & can reject the bill , provided bill comes for
tabling in the house before presidential recommendation
Every member can introduce a bill only for 4 times a year

Types of Bills



Constitutional amendment

Introduced in





Introduced as

Gov. + Private
member bill

Gov. member

Gov. member

Gov. + Private member bill

Presidential assent
in intro



Not Required

Provision for joint





Passing Majority

majority (X >
50 %)

majority (X > majority
50 %)
50 %)

(X >

Special Majority (X > 2/3 of

members present & voting)

Stages of bill
Introduction of the bill (1st reading of the bill)

Provisions of proposed law + statement of objects & reasons

If a private member wishes to introduce a bill, he must give one month prior notice of his
intentions to introduce the bill, seeking permission of the house to do so.
Usually it is not opposed but if it is opposed, proposal is put to vote & if house is in favour of
introduction of bill, then it proceeds to next stage
After the bill is introduced in house, it is published in Gazette of India

2nd Reading of the bill

Principles of the bill are discussed thoroughly & members make speech about for or against
the principles of the bill
Clause, schedules & amendment regarding bill are taken into consideration
Bill can be referred to selection committee (Committee of the house) or can be referred to
joint committee (joint committee of both the houses)
If the bill is referred to joint / selection committee, they shall give their report (unanimously
or via majority) within specified date (with amendments, if required)
Reports & bill (as amended) are printed & made available to members of the house (Report
stage of the bill)
Bill is then taken up for consideration clause by clause
This is the stage where bill undergoes substantial changes & amended if found necessary

3rd Reading of the bill

Final reading & more or less a formal affair

Debate is confined to acceptance or rejection of the bill & submitted to vote of the house
If accepted, it is passed to other house & same process follows.
Other house has mainly 4 alternatives viz.

May pass the bill without amendments

May pass the bill with amendments In this case, Bill is returned to originating house. If
originating house accepts the amended bill, it would deem to have been passed by both the
houses. However, if originating house does not agree with it, President may summon a joint
meeting of both the houses to resolve the disagreement & deadlock
It may reject the bill altogether. President may summon joint sitting of both the houses to
resolve the deadlock
May not take any action on the bill by keeping it lying on the table. After lapse of 6 months
from the date of reception of the bill, President may summon joint sitting of both the houses
to resolve the deadlock

Joint sitting of the Parliament

Presided over by Speaker of Lok sabha, then in his absence, Deputy Speaker of LS, then in his
absence, Deputy Chairman of RS & even in his absence any member as agreed by both the
Deadlock is resolved by total number of members of both the houses present & voting.
Generally, will of LS prevails due to its larger size
After the passage of the bill, it is presented to the President for his assent

No provision of Joint sitting for Money bill & constitutional amendment bill
Presidential Assent

If it is money bill or constitutional amendment bill he has to give his assent, but in case of
any other bill, he may return it to the parliament for reconsideration with his

If bill is passed again, with or without amendments & sent to the President for the 2nd time,
he has to give his assents.
After the assent of the President, Bill becomes an act

Money & Financial Bills

Bill of Appropriation

A bill which empowers government to draw some amount from consolidated fund of India

Money Bill

Decision of speaker is final weather a bill is money bill or not. His decision can not be
challenged in any court of law or any of the houses or by the President.
Money bill can only be introduced in Lok sabha with recommendations of President

Provisions For money bill

Imposition, abolition, remission, alteration or regulation of any tax

Regulating & borrowing money from the government
Money into or out of consolidated fund of India
Any expenditure charged on consolidated fund of India or to increase amount of such
Receipt or withdrawal of custody of public accounts of India or audit of account of union or

Rajya Sabha on Money Bill

Rajya Sabha can not amend or reject a money bill but only plays a recommendatory role in
passing of money bill.
RS must return the money bill within 14 days to LS with or without any recommendations
Weather LS accepts or does not except recommendations of RS, bill is deemed to have been
passed by both the houses
Now bill is forwarded to President for his assent & he is bound to give his assent to the bill

Financial Bill

Apart from the provisions of money bill, it includes other provisions as well & can be
introduced in LS only on the recommendations of President
Since it include other matters also RS has equal say to amend or reject it by virtue of its
President can also send the bill for reconsideration for once

Budget, Funds, Expenditure & Grants in

Budget (Annual Financial Statement)

It is represented before Lok Sabha upon recommendation of the President & it is the duty of
President to lay it before both the houses of Parliament
Presented by Finance minister on last working day of Feb month in parliament
Presents an estimate of receipt & expenditure of GOI for the following financial year
Gives proposal of taxation & other means to raise the receipts to meet the expenditure
Contains actual receipts & expenditure of previous year with detailed review of financial
position of said period

After its introduction, Lok Sabha discusses the demands for grant (i.e. proposed
expenditure) of various ministries & departments, one by one. All such expenditures are
charged from consolidated fund of India & presented in form of single bill called
appropriation bill.
Proposal for taxation to raise revenue is presented in form of financial bill

Types of funds in India

Consolidated fund of India

A fund to which all revenues received, loans raised & income received by GOI are deposited
All legally authorized payments on the behalf of GOI are made out of this fund
No money can be spent out of this fund except through grants made by parliament

Public accounts of India

All other public money except the one credited to consolidated fund shall be credited to
Public accounts of India
Bank savings account of the departments/ministries (for day to day transactions)
National Investment fund NIF (Money earned from disinvestment)
National Calamity & contingency fund (NCCF) (Under Home ministry) Merged with NDRF
National small savings fund, defense fund, provident fund, Postal insurance etc.
All Cess & Specific purpose surcharges
Government schemes Fund (Eg. MNREGA)
No need of Parliaments approval

Contingency fund of India

Created in 1950, with a limit of merely 50 cr, raised to 500 cr in 2005, at the disposal of the
President to meet unforeseen expenditures Operated by Finance secretary
Contingency fund is used by the President where parliaments approval cannot be obtained
owing to time factor
However, sanction of parliament is necessary to replenish this fund from consolidated fund
of India
States have their own consolidated & contingency funds

Expenditures & Grants

Charged Expenditures

Expenditures that do not require approval of parliament to be spent out of consolidated fund
of India. These expenditures are sanctioned by constitution itself:

Emoluments, allowances & expenditure of President & his office

Salary & allowances of chairman / Deputy chairman of RS + Speaker / Deputy speaker of Lok
Debt charged for which GOI is liable
Salaries, allowances & pensions of SC judges & CAG

Vote on account

Power of Lok Sabha (not of Rajya sabha) to authorize various ministries to incur
expenditures for a part of financial year, pending the passage of appropriation bill by the

Vote of Credit

Granted for meeting an unexpected demand upon the resources of India, when on account
of magnitude, the demand could not be stated with details ordinarily given in the budget

Supplementary Grant

Granted when the amount authorized by parliament through the appropriation act for a
particular service for current financial year is found to be insufficient

Additional Grant

Granted when a need has arisen during current financial year for additional expenditure for
some new service, not contemplated in budget for that year

Excess Grant

Granted when money has been spent on any service during a financial year in excess of
amount granted for that service in the budget for that year.
It is voted by Lok sabha after the financial year

Working Procedure of Parliament

Sessions of Parliament

President summons each house of the parliament at such intervals that there should be not
more than 6 months of gap b/w 2 sessions of the parliament, Hence the parliament must
meet atleast twice a year.
Powers to dissolution or prorogation are exercised by the President but power of
adjournment belongs to respective presiding officer. Time between prorogation & Reassembly is called Recess.

Budget Session

Feb May

Monsoon Session

July August

Winter Session

Nov Dec

Special session

Convened by President on request of COMs



If LS is not in session, not less than 1/10th of the members, on prior notice of 14 days, can
write to President for revoking national emergency

Private members business

Every member who is not a minister is called a private member.

Private members business include private members bill & resolutions
Period of notice for introduction of bill is one month, unless presiding officer allows
introduction at shorter notice
Period of notice for resolution is 2 days.

Question hour (11AM 12)

1st hour of business

Keep Ministers accountable for gov. & keep them on toes

Starred questions

Starred questions are one of whom a member desires an oral answer.

Answer to such question may be followed by 5 supplementary questions by other members

Unstarred questions

Unstarred questions are one of whom written answer is desired by the member.
No supplementary questions can be asked thereon
Requires a time period of 10 days

Short notice questions

Relates to matter of urgent public importance

Can be asked by members with notice shorter than 10 days as prescribed for an ordinary
It is for the speaker to decide whether matter is of real public importance or not.
Member requires to state reasons for asking such questions while serving the notice

Zero Hour (12 1 PM)

Not recognized under the rules & procedures of house of the parliament.
A member raise any issue of public importance on very short notice or without notice at all

Motions in Parliament

Basically a proposal brought before the house for expressing the opinion to the house.
Every question put in the house must, therefore, be proposed by a member as a motion.
Hence, motions are basically parliamentary proceedings

Resolutions in Parliament

Procedural device available to members & ministers to raise a discussion in the house on
matter of general public interest.
A resolution is infact a substantive motion but unlike motions, resolution forms have been
provided with the rules concerning both the houses.
If resolution is passed in form of statute / law, it has the binding effect. But, if it is passed as
an expression of opinion, it has only persuasive effect.
Hence, resolution is a particular type of motion, required to be voted upon, unlike as in case
of motion.

Types of Motions in Parliament

Privilege Motion

Moved by a member, if in his opinion, any minister/ any member commits a breach of
privilege of the house by withholding any fact or by giving distorted version of facts

Adjournment Motion (only in LS)

Setting aside normal business of the house for discussing a matter of urgent public

Calling attention motion (Only in LS)

A member with prior permission of the speaker, calls the attention of ministries on matter of
urgent public importance
He may make a brief statement or ask for the time to make a statement at later hour or date
(Indian innvotaion)

Censure Motion (Only in LS)

This motion is moved by opposition parties against whole COMs or against any individual
minister for failure to act / seeking disapproval of their policy
Speaker has to decide its order & fix a date for discussion of this motion & if it is passed in
LS, Gov. need not to resign, but COM is bound to seek confidence of LS as early as possible
If a money bill or vote of thanks to President (in joint session of parliament) is defeated, it
also amounts to censure of the government policy & gov. needs to seek confidence of LS as
early as possible

No confidence Motion (Only in LS)

COMs remain in office as long as it enjoys majority support or confidence of LS

Once, it loses the confidence of the house, it is bound to resign with immediate effect

Moved against only COMs, not against any individual member (unlike censure motion)
Further unlike censure motion, no date is fixed or any time allotted to COMs as this motion
takes precedence over all pending businesses of the house

Confidence Motion (Only in LS)

Came in to existence under Indian parliamentary practice mainly due to formation of

coalition governments.
Process is similar to no confidence motion except it is moved by the gov. itself to prove &
ensure confidence of LS
If this motion is defeated, COMs is bound to resign

Cut Motions (Only in LS)

Cut motions are basically part of budgetary process which seeks to reduce the amount
for grants
Policy Cut

Implies that mover disapproves of the policy underlying the demand the amount
of demand to be reduced by Rs. 1

Economy Cut

When demand or policy affects economy in expenditure the amount of demand

to be reduced by Rs

Token Cut

Seeks the Demand to be cut by Rs. 100 to voice a particular grievance against the

Whips in Parliament

Directives issued by chief functionary of a political party in parliament to ensure support of

its members, voting in favour or against a particular issue on the floor of the house.
A person may loose membership of the party & the legislature if he votes against the whips
or abstain from voting

Speaker Protem

Usually senior most member in terms of years one has served & then age.
As soon as new LS is constituted, President appoints a speaker protem to administer the
oath of newly elected LS members & to preside over election of next speaker
Ceases to be speaker as soon as new speaker is elected

Commonly Used Terms in Parliament

Re Election

Takes place due to rigging, booth capturing, countermanding or employing

any other unfair means during elections

Bye Election

When seat is rendered vacant (Due to death, resignation or any other

subsequent disqualification of member originally elected)

Midterm election

If LS or state assembly is dissolved well before the expiry of its full term then
the elections are held to constitute new house

Leader of largest opposition party in LS having at least 1/10th of the strength

Leader of Opposition of the house

Lame Duck Session

Refers to last session of old parliament, held after a new LS has been elected
as a result of general elections. Lame ducks under it are those members who
were part of old house but could not get re-elected for the new house


Parliamentary device of long winded speeches, not necessarily relevant to

delay a matter under consideration for voting (Not practised in India)

Snap Vote

Refers to a vote taken unexpectedly without voters being briefed or informed

about it in advance

Gerry Mandering

Reorganisation of electoral districts by political party in power in attempt to

gain advantage in upcoming elections

Hung Parliament

After a general election, when no political party or combination of parties is in

position to form a government by majority


When due to lack of time, demand of grants are put to vote whether they are
discussed or not in the house on last working day of allotted time


Point of order

Minimum required number of members present to validly transacts the

business of the house (1/10th of total members of the house including presiding
A process, which when raised has effect of suspending the proceedings before
the house & member who is on his legs gives away

Breach of privileges & contempt of parliament

When any individual or authority disregards any of the privileges & immunities,
either of the member or of the house, the offence is called breach of privileges.
Any act which impedes either the house or performance of official function of the
house or of any of its member, is called contempt of parliament

Delegated / Subordinate legislation

MPs / MLAs make laws only in broad skeletal form, Executives fill up the minor
When legislatures outsource the law making work to the executives, then it is known
as delegated / subordinate legislation
Committee on subordinate legislation examine the rules & regulations made by the
executives & submit its report to the house
Hence parliament continues to keep its control over delegation

The State Executive Governor, COM &

Advocate General
Governor Executive Head of States

Acts on advice of COM

Same person can be appointed as Governor of one or more state
All executive actions of state are taken in his name
Acts as a link b/w center & state & its his duty to send reports to the President of the affairs
of the state fortnightly
Dual responsibility head of the states + representatives of center in state

Appointment of Governor

Appointed by President for 5 years but can be removed before his office terms, by the
President on advice of PM
Even can be transferred from one state to other by President on advice of PM
Rajasthan high court held that CJ of HC can be appointed as an acting governor in place of
vacancy in governors office due to death, resignation etc.


Must be citizen of India & of 35 years of age

Must not be member of any house of Parliament or of state legislature
Must not hold any office of profit


Before CJ of HC or in his absence, before senior most judge available


1, 10,000 + Rent free official accommodation + other allowances

From consolidated fund of state

Immunities to Governor

Shall not be answerable to any court for exercise & performance of powers & duties of his
No criminal proceedings can be instituted or continued in any court during his terms of
No process for arrest or imprisonment of governor from any court during his terms of office
Civil proceedings against him, in which relief is claimed, can be instituted giving 2 months
prior notice

Sarkaria Commission report on office of Governor

(Recommendations only)

A politician belonging to ruling party at the center should not be appointed as governor of
state being run by some other party
Must be appointed after consultation with state concerned
Must be a detached figure from state politics & must retain power to refer any bill to center
for assent

Powers & functions of Governor

Executive Powers of governor

All executive powers of the state are vested in governor & all executive actions of state
government are taken in his name
Executive powers of governor extend to all matters on which state legislature can make laws
In case of concurrent list executive powers of governor are subjected to executive powers of
the President
Make rules for convenient transaction of business of government & for its allocation among
to 94th amendment, In Jharkhand, MP, Chhattisgarh & Orissa, it is special responsibility of
the governor to see that a minister is placed incharge of tribal welfare

In Assam, he is given certain special powers with respect to administration of tribal areas
Appoints CM (Leader of majority party in legislative assembly) & on his advice COMs
Appoints the Advocate General, Chairman and members of the respective State Public
Commission; Although the later cannot be removed by him but the President on report of SC
in case of certain disqualifications
Appoint members of state election commission & state finance commission
Acts as chancellor of state universities
CM to communicate all decisions of COM, related to administration of state & to all the
proposal for legislation, to governor
Informs President, along with his recommendations, regarding break down of constitutional
machinery & imposition of Presidential rule in state

Legislative Powers of governor

Power to nominate 1 member to lower house (Legislative assembly) from Anglo Indian
community & 1/6th of total number of members to upper house (Legislative council)
Summons state legislature, prorogue either house & can dissolve legislative assembly
No bill can become a law until the Governor signs it
Can dissolve the State Assembly before the expiry of its term on the advice of the Chief
Minister or as directed by the President.
Causes the annual Budget to be presented in Vidhan Sabha (Legislative assembly)
No money bill / ordinary bill / financial bill can be introduced in the Assembly without his
prior approval.
May give his assent or withhold his assent to a bill / Can withhold a bill and send it to the
President for consideration / may return to legislature (one time only) except money bill

Ordinance making powers of governor

Can issue ordinances when one or both the houses of state legislature are not in session &
when he is satisfied that certain actions are needed to be taken immediately
However, he is prohibited from promulgating ordinances that contains provisions, which
under the constitution requires previous sanction of the President. In such cases, he can
make ordinances taking prior permission of President
An ordinance issued by governor ceases to be in operation 6 weeks after the re-assembly of
the legislature unless approved earlier

Financial Powers of governor

No money bill / ordinary bill / financial bill can be introduced in the Assembly without his
prior approval.
No demand for grant can be made in legislative assembly except on his recommendations
To introduce annual budget in state legislature showing estimated revenue & expenditure of
state for that year
Can make advances out of contingency fund of state in case of unforeseen expenditure

Judicial Powers of governor

Has the power to grant pardon, reprieve, respite or remission of punishment or to commute
sentences in certain cases, subjected to the laws of state legislature
Does not has the power to grant pardon in cases of death sentence But can commute or
respite it

Emergency Powers

Power to make report to the President whenever he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in
which government of the state can not be carried on in accordance with the provisions of
the constitution, thereby, inviting President to assume to himself function of gov. of the
When the Presidential rule is applied to state, governor becomes the agent of Union
government in the state & take reins of administration directly in his own hands & runs the
state with the aid of civil services on instructions received by President

Other Powers

On advice of election commission, he may decide a matter relating to disqualification of a

member of legislature, if his election is challenged through a petition by some voters of the
Annual reports of various bodies like state PSC, CAG, State finance commission etc. are
submitted to governor that he causes to be laid before legislature for consideration

Bill Reserved by Governor for Presidential Assent

When a Bill is reserved by a Governor, under the Article 201, for the consideration of the
President, the President shall declare either that he assents to the Bill or that he withholds
assent there from

Provided that, where the Bill is not a Money Bill, the President may direct the Governor to
return the Bill to the House or, as the case may be, the Houses of the Legislature of the State
together and, when a Bill is so returned, the House or Houses shall reconsider it accordingly
within a period of six months from the date of receipt of such message and, if it is again
passed by the House or Houses with or without amendment, it shall be presented again to
the President for his consideration.
When the bill is again presented to the President for the assent, the president is not bound
to give his assent to the Bill. This means that the state legislature cannot override the veto
power of the President.

The Constitution has also not prescribed any time limit within which the President has to take
decision with regard to a bill reserved by the governor for his consideration. Hence, the
President can exercise pocket veto in respect of state legislation also.

Council Of Ministers

COMs with CM at its apex aid & advice the governor in exercise of his functions
Governor is bound to follow advice of COMs except in cases where he can use his
discretionary powers
COMs is collectively responsible to legislative assembly of the state
Any person can be appointed as the minister but ceases to be one, if he is not elected as a
member of the state legislature within 6 months after his appointment as a minister

Whereas the constitution does not provide much discretionary powers to President, it
empowers the governor to exercise some functions in his discretion & while exercising his
discretionary powers, Governor need not seek or act according to advice rendered by COMs

Discretionary Powers of the Governor

Governor of Assam determines the amount payable by the state to district council as
royalty, accruing from the license for minerals
Governor of a state as administrator of an adjoining UT can exercise his functions as
administrator independent of his COMs in said UT
In some cases, Governor is enthrusted with special responsibilities, where he seeks the
advice of his COMs, but is not bound to follow them :

President may direct that governor of Maharashtra or Gujrat have special responsibility for
taking steps for the development of certain areas in the state such as vidarbha, Saurashtra
Governor of Nagaland shall have the responsibility with respect to law & order in state
mainly due to internal disturbances caused by hostile Nagas
Governor of Manipur shall have special responsibility to secure proper functioning of
committee of legislative assembly consisting of members elected from hill areas of state
Responsibility of governor of Sikkim for peace + social and economic advancement
(Equitable arrangement) of different sections of population of Sikkim
Governor sends report to the President that the gov. of state can not be carried on, in
accordance with the constitution. He makes such report purely on his discretion, not on
advice of COMs

In matters relating to reservation of bill for consideration of President, Governor may act on
his own
Appointment of CM, if no political party has a clear cut majority or does not have an
acknowledged leader
Dismissal of ministry, when it refuses to resign after losing majority support in house via no
confidence motion
Dissolution of legislative assembly on advice of COM who has lost majority support in house

However, Governor shall be bound to use his discretionary powers as a direction of the President

Advocate General of State

1st law officer of the state

Appointed by the Governor
A person qualified to be appointed as judge of HC can only be appointed as advocate general

Duties & Functions

Has right to participate in proceedings of the house or houses of state legislature without
right to vote
Right to audience in any state court
Gives advice to state government upon legal matters
Enjoys all legislative privileges available to members of legislature

State Legislature Governor, Legislative

Assembly, Legislative Council
Legislative Council Only for 7 states

Uttar Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh

Legislative Councils (Vidhan Parishad)

Power of abolition or creation of Legislative council lies with parliament

If legislative assembly of state passes a resolution by a majority of total membership & not
less than 2/3rd of the members of the assembly present & voting, Parliament may or may not
approve the resolution with simple majority
A resolution passed by legislative assembly of state for creation or abolition of its council is
not binding on parliament

Composition of Legislative council


Elected by electorates consisting of members of municipalities, District boards & other

local authorities in state


Elected by members of legislative assembly of state from amongst persons who are not
member of assembly


Nominated by governor ( From fields of art, science, literature, social science &
cooperative movements)


Elected from graduates of 3 years, residing in that state


Elected by persons engaged in teaching for not less than 3 years in educational institutions
within the state, not lower than secondary school

Strength Not more than 1/3rd of legislative assembly, but can not be less than 40 (Except J
& K 36)
Legislative council is a permanent body (term 6 years) & not subjected to dissolution
After every 2 years, 1/3rd of its members retire, However, retiring members are subjected to
re-election & re-nomination

Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Sabha)

Flexible membership from 60 500 members; however in Sikkim, Mizoram & Goa, they are
limited to a minimum of 40 members only
Chosen directly by the people on the basis of adult franchise
Seats are reserved for SCs & STs on the basis of their population
1 member can be nominated by Governor from Anglo Indian community
Duration 5 years but may be dissolved earlier by the governor
42nd amendment increased assembly official term to 6 years but 44th amendment restored it
to 5 years
During proclamation of national emergency, life of assembly may be extended by an act of
parliament for a period of not more than 1 year at a time , but in no case beyond a period of
6 months, after proclamation of national emergency has ceased to operate

Membership Qualification

Must be citizen of India

Must be of 25 years of age for Legislative Assembly & 30 years for Legislative Council
Must not hold any office of profit
Must not be of unsound mind

If a situation arises for disqualification of a member, Decision of Governor shall be final

(Governor must obtain opinion of election commission of India prior to action)
All powers, provisions, sessions etc. is same as in case of Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha at center

Legislative Procedure in State Legislature

Unicameral type of government

All bills originate in single chamber i.e. legislative assembly

When passed are presented to governor for his assent

Bicameral type of government

If legislative assembly rejects a bill, originated in Legislative council, then it is the end of the
Procedure of money bill is same as in parliament
In case of Financial or ordinary bill, if it is passed by legislative assembly, It is sent to
legislative council, where if it

Reject the bill

Suggest amendment to the bill not acceptable to legislative assembly
Does not act upon the bill for 3 months

Then it is referred back to legislative assembly, If legislative assembly passes the bill for the
2nd time, it is retransmitted legislative council, where

At the expiry of 1 month period

Bill rejected outright
Bill passed with amendments not acceptable to legislative assembly

Then, bill is deemed to have been passed by both the houses & sent to governor for his

There is no provision of joint sitting of state legislature to remove a deadlock, as upper house
does not enjoy equal powers with lower house & can not amend a bill on its own
Privileges, Immunities, Committees etc. are same as Parliament

Supreme Court India

Independent Judiciary Sine Qua Non of Democracy (Absolutely needed)

Exist to see that laws made by legislature are intra vires (with the constitution)
At the apex lie SC Custodian & interpreter of constitution
Originally 1 CJ & 7 judges, but At present 1 CJ & 30 Judges

Appointment & Transfer of Judges By National Judicial

Appointments Commission
Composition of the NJAC 6 members

Chief Justice of India (Chairperson, ex officio)

Two other senior judges of the Supreme Court next to the Chief Justice of India ex officio
The Union Minister of Law and Justice, ex-officio
Two eminent persons (one of which would be from the SC or ST or OBC or Minority
communities or a woman ), for 3 yrs, not eligible for re-nomination, to be nominated by a
committee consisting of :

Chief Justice of India

Prime Minister of India
Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha ( where there is no such Leader of Opposition, then,
the Leader of single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha)

Functions of the Commission

Recommending persons to president for appointment as

Chief Justice of India,

Judges of the Supreme Court,
Chief Justices of High Courts and other Judges of High Courts.

Recommending transfer of Chief Justices and other Judges of High Courts from one High
Court to any other High Court
Ensuring that the persons recommended are of ability and integrity

Eligibility Criteria of Supreme Court Judges

Citizen of India
Judge of HC for atleast 5 years in succession / advocate of HC for atleast 10 years in
A distinguish jurist in opinion of President (a highly qualified academia / law professor)

Tenure of Supreme Court Judges

65 years for Supreme Court Judge

3 years more than that of High court Judge

Salary of Supreme Court Judges

Chief Justice 1 lakh

Other Judges 90,000
From consolidated fund of India

Removal of Supreme Court Judges

By order of President, after an address in each house of parliament, supported by a majority

of total membership of the house & passed by a resolution supported by not less than 2/3rd of
the members present & voting.

Lok Sabha

A motion can be preferred before the house if signed by 100 members

Rajya Sabha

A motion can be preferred before the house if signed by 50 members

Only on grounds of proven misbehavior or incapacity

Only after giving 14 days prior notice to said Judge against whom the motion is passed
A 3 persons judicial committee is formed headed by serving judge of SC + 2 others from (SC
or HC or eminent jurists)
Report of same must be passed by both the houses & President

Acting CJ & Ad Hoc Judges

Appointment of Acting CJ By President if CJ is ill or incapable to serve

Appointment of Ad-hoc Judges

IF there is lack of quorum of Judges of SC to hold or continue any session in court, CJ of India
with previous consent of President & after consultation with CJ of HC concerned, request in
writing the attendance of judges to sit in SC as ad-hoc judges for certain period (Judges shall
be qualified to be judges of SC)
Retired judges of SC can sit in SC as adhoc Judges on request of CJ after consent of President,
provided they fulfill the criteria of SC


Criminal proceedings initiation against a judge of SC or HC requires CJs consent

After retirement, a Judge of SC is prohibited from practising or acting as a judge in any court

Jurisdiction & Powers of Supreme Court

Original Jurisdiction

Original jurisdiction of SC is power to hear a case for the 1st time unlike Appellate jurisdiction
Purely federal in character i.e. have exclusive authority to decide any dispute involving a
question of law between:

GOI (Union) v/s state or states

GOI & any state / states on one side & state / states on the other
Two or more states

However, according to 7th amendment, 1956, original jurisdiction of SC does not extends to
disputes, arising out of provisions of a treaty, agreement etc. which was executed before
26th Jan 1950 & is in operation ever since
As per article 71, all disputes regarding election of President & vice President are handled by

Exclusion to original jurisdiction of states

In disputes b/w center & state due to disputes arising out of provisions of a treaty,
agreement etc. which was executed before 26th Jan 1950 & is in operation ever since
Parliament may by law exclude SCs jurisdiction in disputes w.r.t use, distribution & control
of water in any interstate river

Writ Jurisdiction

A type of original jurisdiction of Supreme court

Jurisdiction of SC to enforce FRs Every individual has a right to move to SC directly by
appropriate proceedings for the enforcement of his FR, without coming via HC, by means of

Appellate Jurisdiction
Constitutional Matters

Appeal lies to SC if HC certifies that the case involves a substantial question of law as to
interpret the constitution
If HC refuses to give certificate, SC may grant a special leave for appeal if it is satisfied that
case does involve such question

Civil Matters

An appeal lies to SC from any any judgement in civil proceeding of HC if it certifies :

that the case involves a substantial question of law of general importance

that in opinion of HC, the said question needs to be decided by SC

Thus, No appeal in case of civil matters lies to SC as a matter of right as it lies only when HC
issues a certificate on above 2 conditions

Criminal Matters

Constitution provides the following provisions as to appeal in criminal matters:

If HC has sentenced someone to death

If HC has withdrawn for trial before itself a case from the lower court & in such trial, lower
court has sentenced the accused to death
If HC certifies that the case is fit for appeal to SC, even if HC on appeal has reversed an order
of acquittal of accused & sentenced him to death or life imprisonment or for period not less
than 10 years

Note Appellate Jurisdiction is not Applicable in cases of Court Martial

Advisory Jurisdiction (Only consultative Role)

President can refer to court either on a question of law or on a question of fact provided it is
of public importance. However, it is not compulsory for court to give its advice.
Further, President is empowered to refer to SC for its opinion regarding disputes, arising out
of provisions of a treaty, agreement etc. which was executed before 26th Jan 1950 & is in
operation ever since. In such case, it is obligatory for the court to give its opinion to

In both of above cases, opinion expresses by SC is only advisory in nature & not
binding on President

Revisory Jurisdiction

Empowered to review any judgment or order made by it with a view to remove any mistake
or error that might have crept in judgment
Even though, judgment have been passed by SC has a binding effect on all the courts of
India, but not on SC itself.

Supreme Court as Court of Record

Records & judicial proceedings are of evidentiary value before any court
Has power to determine its own jurisdiction

Contempt of court

Supreme Court has power to punish its own contempt

Civil Willful disobedience to any judge or other processes of the court
Criminal Publication of any matter or doing any act whatsoever which scandalizes or tend
to scandalize authority of the court or tend to interfere course of any judicial proceedings

Curative Petition

A review petition may be filed in SC after delivery of its judgment; Court may review the case
under its inherent power but on very restricted grounds
The petition 1st has to circulated to a bench of 3 senior most judges & judges who passed the
judgment complained of

Others Powers of SC

Make rules regarding procedure & practice of court

Can recommend removal of members of UPSC to the President
Power to review the laws passed by the legislature & orders issued by executives & to
declare them ultra vires if they contravene any of the provisions of the constitution
It must be noted that SC can not pronounce upon the constitutionality of any law or
executives action on its own. It can only pronounce judgment, when said law or executive
action is actually challenged by someone
The ultimate authority to interpret the constitution also rest with SC , which has been
described as mouth piece of Indian constitution

Writs in Indian Constitution

The Indian Constitution empowers the Supreme Court and High Courts to issue writs for
enforcement of any of the fundamental rights conferred by Part III of Indian Constitution

The writ issued by Supreme Court and High Court differs

mainly in three aspects:

The Supreme Court can issue writs only for the enforcement of fundamental rights whereas
a High Court can issue writs for enforcement of fundamental rights along with for any
other purpose (refers to the enforcement of any legal right).
SC can issue writ against a person or government throughout the territory whereas High
Court can issue writs against a person residing or against a government located within its
territorial jurisdiction or outside its jurisdiction only if the cause of action arises within the
territorial jurisdiction.
SC writs are under Article 32 which in itself is a fundamental right thus SC cannot refuse to
exercise its writ jurisdiction. Whereas article 226 is discretionary thus HC can refuse to
exercise its writ jurisdiction.

Habeus Corpus

Habeas corpus is a Latin term which literally means You may have the body
This writ can be issued against any person, Private or official
An order calling upon the person who has unlawfully detained another person to produce
the later before the court to ascertain, whether the detention is legal or not
It is not essential to produce the detained person physically but what is important for the
court is to obtain the knowledge or reason for detention
If the detention is found to be unlawful, court can set free the detained person


The Latin word mandamus means we command.

The writ of mandamus is an order of the High Court or the Supreme Court commanding a
person or a body to do its duty.
Mandamus writ is used to command authority against both judicial & administrative, but
entrusted only with public duty
A writ of mandamus can be granted only in cases where a statuary duty imposed on an
officer concerned results in failure on the part of officer or public authority to discharge the
statuary obligation
It is basically an order of superior court commanding a public officer or authority to do or
not do something concerned with public duty
Aggrieved party have legal right to enforce its performance by issuing a writ of mandamus
Private rights or duty can not be enforced by it i.e. duty assigned by the law not by private
individual or private organization


The Writ of prohibition means to forbid or to stop and it is popularly known as Stay Order.
Writ of Prohibition is used against judicial & Quasi-Judicial authorities to command inactivity
to certain judgment
Sole purpose of this writ is to prevent inferior courts from usurping a jurisdiction with which
they are not legally vested >> Can be issued in excess or absence of jurisdiction
Issued by superior court to inferior court or tribunal to prevent it from exceeding its
jurisdiction & compel it to be within its limits of jurisdiction


Literally, Certiorari means to be certified.

It is issued by the higher court to the lower court either to transfer the case pending with
the latter to itself or to squash the order already passed by an inferior court, tribunal or
quasi judicial authority.

Difference between Writ of Prohibition & Certiorari

A writ of prohibition is used to prevent an inferior court or tribunal to proceed the trial in
excess of its jurisdiction whereas a writ certiorari is issued to quash the order of an inferior
court or tribunal in excess of jurisdiction
A writ of prohibition is used before the order is passed by the court whereas a writ of
certiorari is used to nullify an order already passed by the court
Prohibition can be issued only against judicial and quasi-judicial authorities whereas
Certiorari can be issued even against administrative authorities affecting rights of

Quo Warranto

The word Quo-Warranto literally means by what warrants? or what is your authority?
It is a writ issued with a view to restrain a person from holding a public office to which he is
not entitled.
The writ requires the concerned person to explain to the Court by what authority he holds
the office.
If a person has usurped a public office, the Court may direct him not to carry out any
activities in the office or may announce the office to be vacant.
Thus High Court may issue a writ of quo-warranto if a person holds an office beyond his
retirement age.

Judicial Activism & Doctrines associated

with Supreme Court
Judicial Activism

Judiciary plays an assertive role to force the other organs of the state to discharge their
constitutional duties towards public
Judicial activism basically has been forced upon the judiciary by insensitive & unresponsive
administration that disregards the interest of the people, to ensure that administration of
country does not suffer because of the negligence on the part of executive & the legislature
Concept of Judicial activism emerged when SC started playing assertive role by giving some
landmark judgments & issued some stern directives to legislature & executives concerned
Phenomenon of judicial activism is welcome step only in short run & if it is carried out for
long, it may destroy the very essence of separation of powers , with the judiciary assuming
greater powers compared to legislature & executive in the absence of proper checks &
balance mechanism

Judicial Review

Both Supreme Court & High Court enjoys the power of judicial review in India
Based on the concept of supremacy of the constitution
For any law or executive order to be valid, it must confirm to the provisions of the

Procedure established by law (India) v/s Due process of

Law (US)
Procedure established by law

The court examines a law only from the point of view of legislatures competence
Court sees that the prescribed procedure has been followed by the executive
Court examines only procedural aspect not the motive behind the law or reason behind it,
hence can not pronounce it unconstitutional unless the law is passed without the authorities

Due process of Law

Court can examine the law, not only from the point of view of legislatures competence, but
also from the aspect of motive behind the law
Though constitution of India follows procedure established by the law, but in case of
Maneka gandhi case, SC interpreted article 21 to include the expression of due process of
law in it

Hence, article 21 protects an individual both against the legislature & executives action.
However, it does not mean that due process of law has come in form under judicial review of

Prominent Doctrines associated with Supreme Court

Doctrine of Severability

While interpreting an impugned law, court has to see whether the law as a whole or some
part of it is unconstitutional.
Court can declare impugned law as a whole or some part of it unconstitutional as the case
may be

Doctrine of Progressive Interpretation

Court interpret the provisions of the constitution in the light of social, economic & legal
conditions prevailing at that point of time

Doctrine of Prospective Overruling

Judicial invalidation or new view of interpretation of law will not affect the past transactions
or vested rights, but will be effective with regards to future transactions only

Doctrine of Empirical Adjudication

While exercising the power of judicial review, courts are not supposed to deal with
hypothetical cases; therefore it is essential that the matter bought before the court must be
of concrete nature.
Court seeks to confine its decisions, as far as possible; within the narrow limits of
controversy b/w the parties concerned in particular case

Presumption in favor of Constitutionality

Whenever the constitutional validity of a law is challenged, court will not hold it ultra vires
until the invalidity is clear from all doubts which means there is always presumption by the
court, in favour of laws validity
However, despite the extensive power of judicial review enjoyed by SC & HC, scope of
judicial review in India is limited, as while interpreting a law, SC will not self-legislate
SC is not supposed to question the reasonableness of any law except where the constitution
has expressly authorised the court to exercise its power.

High Courts India

Indian High court act, 1861

High courts established at Calcutta, Bombay & Madras

Constitution states that there shall be HC in every state, but, parliament has the power to
establish a common HC for 2 or more states (At present 24 HC for 29 states & 7 UTs)
Strength of HC is flexible (Unlike SC which can be increased by parliament)
President may from time to time appoint judges of HC, keeping in view amount of work
before HC

Appointment of High Court Judges

Initiation of proposal for appointment of judges of HC must invariably be made by CJ of that

Appointment is made with respect to recommendations of NJAC

Composition of the NJAC 6 members

Chief Justice of India (Chairperson, ex officio)

Two other senior judges of the Supreme Court next to the Chief Justice of India ex officio
The Union Minister of Law and Justice, ex-officio
Two eminent persons (one of which would be from the SC or ST or OBC or Minority
communities or a woman ), for 3 yrs, not eligible for re-nomination, to be nominated by a
committee consisting of :

Chief Justice of India

Prime Minister of India
Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha ( where there is no such Leader of Opposition, then,
the Leader of single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha)

Functions of the Commission

Recommending persons to president for appointment as

Chief Justice of India,

Judges of the Supreme Court,
Chief Justices of High Courts and other Judges of High Courts.

Recommending transfer of Chief Justices and other Judges of High Courts from one High
Court to any other High Court
Ensuring that the persons recommended are of ability and integrity

Appointment of Acting CJ, Additional Judges & Ad Hoc

Judges High Court
Appointment of acting CJ

By President if CJ is ill or incapable to serve

Appointment of additional

Duly qualified persons as additional judges , for a period of not

extending 2 years (when President thinks that there is temporary
increase in business of HC)

Ad hoc judges

CJ of HC with prior permission to President may request retired

HC judges to sit & act as a judge of HC for a temporary period

Tenure of High Court Judges

62 Years
Any dispute regarding the age of judge of HC is decided by President in consultation with CJ
of India

Removal of High Court Judges

HC judge can resign by writing to President; or

By same removal process as in case of SC judges

Salary of High Court Judges

CJ 90,000
Others 80,000
From consolidated fund of State

Oath before Governor (Unlike before President as in case of Supreme Court)

Qualification for High Court Judges

Must be citizen of India

Must have held a judicial office in territory of India for atleast 10 years or
Must have been an advocate of HC in succession for 10 years

After retirement a judge of HC can not plead in a court or before any authority in India except
in SC or HC other than in which he held office

Jurisdiction of High Court

Original Jurisdiction

In civil cases with amount > 2000

In criminal cases, authorised to them by President Magistrates

Appellate Jurisdiction

All HCs entertain appeals in civil & criminal cases from their subordinate courts.
They have, however, no jurisdiction over tribunals established by the law relating to armed
forces of the country

Writ Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction to issue writs under HC is larger than the SC.

SC can issue them only where a FR has been infringed whereas a HC can issue them, not only
in such cases but also where an ordinary legal right has been infringed

Administrative & supervisory Functions of HC

HC supervise & controls the working of courts subordinate to them

Frame rules & regulations for transactions of their business
For ex. Transfers, Postings, Promotions etc.
Not applicable in case of tribunals dealing with armed forces
HC acts as court of records & has power to punish its own contempt

Public interest litigation (PIL) Appellate Jurisdiction

Right to entertain PIL cases lies with Supreme Court and High Court only.
A tool of judiciary to enforce legal & constitutional obligations towards executives &
legislatures in interest of public at large
Basic aim of PIL is to render justice & help in promotion of well-being of public interest (not
of individuals interest In individuals case , writ petition for FR)
Usually, relief provided by court is in form of directions or order of state including
compensation to affected parties

A PIL may also be introduced in a court of law by the court itself (suo motu), rather than the
aggrieved party or another third party. It is a result of judicial activism, not mentioned in
constitution or any law enacted by Parliament.

State Judiciary

High Court
System of subordinate courts, with HC at apex

Subordinate Courts District Courts

Civil cases District Judges

Criminal cases Session Judges

Appointed by Governor in consultation with CJ of HC

Lok Adalat (Peoples court)

Legal services authority act, 1987 gave Statuary status to Lok Adalats
Alternative dispute resolution system developed in India Works under NALSA
To provide speedy & economic justice to weaker sections of the society
Focus in Lok adalat is on compromise, When no comprise is reached, matter goes back to
the court
No advocate, No witnesses examined, No court fee is levied.
Resolves cases which have not yet gone to courts or are pending in courts
Established at Central, state & district level have their own funds

Revenue courts

Land Revenue Important source of income for government

Since India is an agrarian country, therefore disputes relating to land revenue are quite
Each district has separate courts for its land revenue system
Every dispute relating to land revenue 1st comes before Tehsildar
An appeal against decision of Tehsildar court lies in court of Deputy commissioner /Collector
An appeal against the decision of DM can be made in court of commissioner / Magistrate
Further appeal can be made in Board of revenue, which forms highest court of land in
revenue matters

Full faith & Credit

Final judgment or orders delivered by civil courts in any part of the territory of India shall be
capable of execution anywhere in India
Clause only applicable to civil courts not on criminal courts

Special Status of J & K

J & K has truly federal relation with the union.

J & K got independence on 15th Aug, 1947 along with India, but daunted with the problems
of forced annexation with Pakistan, it signed the Instrument of Accession with India &
became a part of it
Instrument of Accession Signed b/w Nehru & Maharaja Hari singh on 26th Oct, 1947
Under this, India acquired jurisdiction over the state wrt subject of Defence, External affairs
& communication
People of J & K elected a sovereign constituent assembly which met for the 1st time on Oct
31, 1951

Article 1 states J & K is a constituent state of Indian union, however Article 370 grants a special status
to J & K on the basis of agreement concluded at time of J & K accession to Indian union:

J & K has its own constitution apart from Indian constitution (Framed on 17th Nov 1956 &
came in force on 26 Jan 1957)
Parliament can not make laws with regards to J & K on subjects stated in state list
Residuary powers lies with legislature of J & K
Follows dual citizenship, only citizens of J & K can take part in elections to state assembly
Only citizens of J & K can acquire, own & dispose of immovable property in J & K
Only national emergency proclaimed on the grounds of war & external aggression shall have
automatic extension to J & K.
National emergency proclaimed on the grounds of internal armed rebellion shall not be
automatically extended to J & K
Parliament can not change name, boundary or territory of J & K without the concurrence of
state legislature
No preventive detention law made by government can have automatic extension to J & K
(Note PMLA is also applicable for J & K)
Union has no power to proclaim a financial emergency to J & K
State government shall be consulted by centre before appointing a person as governor of
Apart from Presidential rule, governor rule can also be imposed for a max. of 6 months
DPSP & Fundamental duties enlisted in Indian constitution are not applicable to J & K
Urdu Official language of the state
J & K High Court -

Can issue writs only in case of violation of FRs

Cannot declare a law unconstitutional Lack of Judicial activism

Special Provisions for states (Article 371)

Article 371 Special Provisions for Maharashtra &
President is authorised to provide that Governor of Maharashtra & Gujrat would have special
responsibilities for:

Establishment of separate development boards for Vidarbha, Marathwada & rest of

Maharashtra + Kutchh & rest of Gujrat
A report on working of these boards will be placed each year before state legislative
Equitable allocation of funds for developmental expenditure over the mentioned areas
Equitable arrangements providing adequate facilities for technical education,
vocational training & adequate opportunities for employment in state services

Article 371 A Special Provisions for Nagaland

Act of parliament relating to following matters would not apply to Nagaland unless
state assembly so decides:

Religious & social practices of Nagas

Nagas customary law & procedure
Administration of civil or criminal justice involving decisions according to
Naga customary law
Ownership & transfer of land & its resources

Special responsibility of governor wrt law & order in the state (after consulting
COMs, but his decision will be final) regarding internal disturbances occurring in
Naga hills mainly in Tuesang area (Special responsibility ceases if President directs
Governor has to ensure that money provided by the GOI out of consolidated fund of
India for any specific purpose, is included in the demand for grant relating to that
specific purpose only, not any other
A regional council for Tuensang district, consisting of 35 members should be formed
& governor in his discretion shall make all the rules & terms regarding this council
For a period of 10 years, from formation of state of Nagaland or for further period as
specified by Governor, on recommendations of regional council, following provisions
would be operative for Tuensang district:

Administration of Tuensang district shall be carried on by the governor

Governor in his discretion shall arrange for equitable distribution of money,

b/w Tuensang district & Rest of Nagaland, provided by center
There shall be a minister for Tuensang affairs in state COMs
Final decision on all matters relating to Tuensang district shall be made by
governor in his discretion
Members in Nagaland assembly from the Tuensang district are not elected
directly by the people but by regional council

Article 371 B Special Provisions for Assam

President may provide for the constitution & functions, a committee of Legislative
assembly of the state, consisting of members of that assembly elected from the tribal
area of Assam
President can also direct that the governor shall have special responsibility to secure
proper functioning of that committee

Article 371 C Special Provisions for Manipur

President may provide for the constitution & functions, a committee of Legislative
assembly of the state, consisting of members of that assembly elected from the hill
areas of Manipur.
President can also direct that the governor shall have special responsibility to secure
proper functioning of that committee
Governor should submit an annual report to the President regarding the administration
of Hill areas

Article 371 D Special Provisions for Andhra Pradesh

President is empowered to provide equitable opportunities & facilities for people

belonging to different parts of the state in matter of public employment & education
For above purpose, President may require the state government to organize civil posts
in local cadre for different parts of the state & also provide for direct recruitment to
posts in local cadre (or in any such educational institution)
President may provide for establishment of an administrative tribunal in state to deal
with certain disputes, relating to appointment, allotment or promotion to civil posts in
Only SC is to exercise jurisdiction over such tribunal which means they are outside
the purview of HC (President may abolish the tribunals if he thinks it is not necessary)

Article 371 E Special Provisions for Sikkim

Legislative assembly shall not less than 30 members + 1 seat from the state in Lok
Sabha & 1 in parliamentary constituency
For the purpose of protecting the rights & interest of different sections of Sikkim
population, Parliament is empowered to provide number of seats in Sikkim
administrative assembly for the people belonging to such sections
Governor in his discretion (On direction of President) have special responsibility for
peace & equitable arrangement for socio- economic development of different sections
of Sikkim

Article 371 G Special Provisions for Mizoram

Legislative assembly shall not be less than 40 members

Act of parliament relating to following matters would not apply to Mizoram unless
state assembly so decides :

Religious & social practices of Mizo

Mizo customary law & procedure
Administration of civil or criminal justice involving decisions according to
Mizo customary law
Ownership & transfer of land & its resources

Article 371 H Special provisions for Arunachal Pradesh

Legislative assembly shall not be less than 30 members

Governor of Arunachal Pradesh , on directions of President, shall have special
responsibility for law & order in state ( May consult with COMs but his decision will
be final)

Article 371 I Special provisions for Goa

Legislative assembly shall not be less than 30 members

Union territories India

Do not take part in federal structure of the country

No uniform system of administration as parliament has the power to prescribe the structure
of administration

Under direct control of Union based on

Cultural Distinctiveness

Pondicherry, Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli

Strategic Importance

A & N islands, Lakshadweep

Political & administrative consideration Delhi & Chandigarh

President may appoint Governor of a state as administrator of adjoining UT, who shall exercise his
functions independent of his COMs

Lieutenant Governor

Delhi, Pondicherry & A & N islands

Administrator (IAS Officer)

Chandigarh, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu &


Points of Prominence

UT of Pondicherry & Delhi Legislative assembly with Council of Ministers & Chief Minister
Size of COMs is to be 10 % max. of legislative assembly
Parliament can make laws on any subject given in 3 lists ( Power also extends to Delhi &
Pondicherry even though they have their own legislature)
Pondicherry & Delhi can also make laws on any subject of state list & concurrent list except
laws related to Public order, Police & land
President may frame regulations for peace, progress & good governance for all UTs except
Delhi & Pondicherry
Parliament is empowered to constitute a high court for any of the UT or even can declare an
existing court there as high court


HC of Delhi



HC of Punjab & Haryana A & N Island


HC of Chennai

Kerala HC
Calcutta HC

Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu Bombay HC

Advisory Committee

Link b/w Parliament & UT, consulted by Government in regards to:

General questions of policy relating to administration of subjects in state list

All legislative proposals in state list pertaining to the territories
Matters relating to annual financial statement of territories

69th Amendment 1991

UT of Delhi shall be called National capital territory & shall have a legislative assembly with
members, chosen directly by people from territorial constituencies
Assembly shall make laws on matter enumerated in state list (Except matters of Public order,
Police & land)
If any provision of law, made by legislative assembly wrt any matter which is repugnant to
any provision of law made by parliament wrt that matter, then law made by parliament shall
prevail & law made by LA shall to the extent of repugnancy, be void
If law made by LA is preserved for consideration of President & has received his assent, then
such law shall prevail in NCT, however, parliament can make laws adding to, varying or
repealing laws made by LA
There shall be COMs, not more than 1/10th of total members of LA, with CM at its apex to
aid & advice Lt. governor in exercise of his functions
In case of difference b/w opinions of COMs & Lt. governor, Lt. governor shall refer it to the
President for his decision & shall act according to directions given by President

Scheduled & Tribal Areas (Article 244)

Article 244 (1) Provisions of 5th schedule shall apply to administration & control of
schedule areas in every state other than Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam & Mizoram
Article 244 (2) Provisions of 6th schedule shall apply to administration & control of tribal
areas of Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam, & Mizoram

5th Schedule Administration of Scheduled Areas

Governor of each state having scheduled areas have to submit a report to the President
annually or whenever so required by the President
Executive powers of union extends to giving directions to the state regarding administration
of these areas
A tribal advisory council consisting of not more than 20 members should be established in
each state having scheduled areas therein, for their advancement & welfare
Governor is empowered to direct that any particular act of parliament or state government
does not apply to scheduled areas or if applied, then with specific modifications &
Constitution provides for appointment of a commission to report on administration of
scheduled areas & welfare of scheduled tribes in the state. President can appoint such
commission at anytime but compulsorily after 10 years from commencement of constitution

6th Schedule Administration of Tribal areas


Tribal areas in state of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura & Mizoram have been constituted
as autonomous districts (i.e. falls under the executive authority of state concerned)
President at any time by order direct that whole or any specified part of schedule
area ceases to be a scheduled area or may increase the scheduled area in state after
the consultation with the governor of the state
If there are different tribes in an autonomous districts, governor can divide the
district into several autonomous regions

Each autonomous district has a district council of 30 members + each autonomous region
also has a separate regional council
District & Regional councils are empowered to assess & collect land revenue & impose
certain specified taxes
Governor can appoint a commission to examine & report of any matter relating to
administration of autonomous district of regions.
He may also dissolve a district or regional council on the recommendation of appointed

Autonomous Councils Under Sixth Schedule

Famous Tribes of India

Jarawa, Onge, Sentinelese


Shorn Pens, Holchu


Palaeo Mongoloids

Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur.

Tibeto Mongoloids

Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh

Mundas, Santhals, Oraons

Chhotanagpur Plateau

Gonds, Kondhs

Central Vindhyachal + Deccan Plateau

Gaddi, Kinner, Phangwal, Lahuli

Himachal Pradesh

Jaunsari, Bhotia, Raji, Buxa, Tharu

Uttar Pradesh , Uttarakhand

Anal, Chiru and Konkanas + Kollam


Mala and Savara tribes

West Bengal

Bhuiya tribe

Madhya Pradesh

Banjaras, Moghias and Sathiyas


Bhil + Maldhari (Gir lions)


Oraon, Munda, Chero, Parchaiya, Santhal, Asuras


Bhuiya, Baiga, Dharua, Gaaro, Ho, Koli, Lodha




Oorali, Sholagar, Irular and Badaga


Hakki-Pikki, Korgas, Kurubas, Soliga


Kadars, Irulars , Paniyans, Korgas, ooralis


Local Government System in India

73rd constitutional amendment act, 1992 11th Schedule

Compulsory Provisions

Organisation of Gram sabha

Creation of 3 tier panchayati raj at District, Block & Village level
All the seats in panchayati raj shall be filled by people chosen by direct elections from
territorial constituencies in panchayat areas
Minimum age for contesting for elections to panchayats is 21 years, for fixed 5 years tenure
Reservation of seats for SC/ ST in panchayats shall be in proportion of their population
Reservation of women in Panchayats is upto 33 %
Each state is to constitute a state election commission to conduct elections & state finance
commission every 5 years to review financial positions of the panchayats

Voluntary Provisions

Providing reservation for backward classes

Giving voting rights to members of union & state legislatures in these bodies
Giving panchayats financial autonomy & powers to levy taxes, fees etc.

Salient Features of the act

Gram Sabha

Adult people (above 18 years) register in electoral rolls relating to a village comprised within
the area of Panchayat.
Meet twice a year (April 13 & Oct 3) & exercise functions as state legislature determines
In other words, Gram sabha is village assembly of registered voters within panchayat area to
discuss issues related to their areas

3 Tier System

Act provides for a 3 tier system of panchayati raj in every state i.e. Panchayats at village,
intermediate & district level
However, a state having population less than 20 lakhs may not have intermediate level
Members of Rajya sabha, Lok sabha & state assembly in district may be included in
intermediate level panchayat, in which they are registered as an elector

Election of Members & Chairperson

All the members of the panchayat at village, intermediate & district levels shall be elected
directly by the people
Chairperson of panchayat (at intermediate & district levels) shall be elected indirectly by &
among the elected members thereof
Chairperson of panchayat at village level shall be elected in such a manner as the state
legislature determines

Reservation of seats

Reservation of seats of SC & ST (at all 3 levels) shall be in proportion of, their population to
total population in panchayat area
Further, state legislature shall provide for reservation of offices of chairperson in panchayat
at all levels for SCs & STs
Reservation of not less than 1/3rd of total no. of seats for women, including number of seats
reserved for women belonging to SCs & STs
Further, not less than 1/3rd of total no. of offices of chairperson in the panchayats at each
level shall be reserved for women

Duration of panchayats

Every panchayat shall continue for 5 yrs from the date of its 1st meeting
It can be dissolved earlier in accordance with the procedure prescribed by the state
In case, it is dissolved earlier, elections must take place within 6 month of its dissolution


Same as state legislature but must have attained a minimum age of 21

Shall be qualified as a member of panchayat by any law made by state legislature

Powers & Functions

It is for the state legislature to determine as to what powers are to be assigned to the
panchayats to enable them to function as an institution of self-government
Powers shall be assigned mainly for social justice & economic development with regards to
29 matters, included in 11th schedule

Financial matters

State legislature may:

Authorise a panchayat to levy, collect & appropriate taxes, duties tolls & fees
Assign to panchayat to appropriate taxes, duties, tolls & fees levied & collected by state
Provide for making grants in aid to panchayats from consolidated fund of India
Provide for constitution of funds for crediting money to panchayats

State Finance commission

Within 1 year of coming into force of this act & henceforth every 5 years, state gov.
(Governor) shall appoint a state finance commission, to review the financial positions of the
panchayats & to suggest different means to enhance the same

State Election commission

State election commissioner shall be appointed by governor to suprident, direct & control
elections of panchayats including preparation of electoral rolls. He can be removed on the
same grounds as a judge of HC & his tenure shall be determined by the Governor

Bar on interference by the courts

The act bars the interference by courts in electoral matters of the panchayats
It declares that validity of any law relating to delimitation of constituencies or allotment of
seats to such constituencies can not be questioned in any court
Further, no election to any panchayat is to be questioned except by an election petition,
presented to such authority & in a manner provided by state legislature

Exempted states & Areas

Act does not apply to J & K, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Hill areas of Manipur,
Darjeeling & certain other areas
However, parliament may extend its provisions to these areas under PESA, 1996 (Provision
to panchayat extension to scheduled areas)

74th amendment act, 1992 12th schedule

Municipal councils (Nagar Palika)

For smaller urban areas

Nagar Panchayats

For semi urban areas

Municipal corporations

For larger urban areas

All the members of municipality shall be elected directly by people of municipal area.
For this purpose, each municipal area shall be divided into territorial constituencies known
as wards
State legislature may provide a manner of election of chairperson of municipality

Ward committees consisting of 1 or more wards within the territorial area of municipality
having population of 3 lakh or more

Reservation of seats

For SC, ST in every municipality, in proportion of their population, to total population in

municipal area
Further reservation of not less than 1/3rd of total number of seats for women, including
number of seats reserved for women belonging to SCs & STs
State legislature may provide for manner of reservation of offices of chairpersons in
municipalities for SCs, STs & women

Duration 5 years

Elections to constitute a municipality shall be completed well before the expiry of duration
of 5 years (same as panchayats) & in case of dissolution, within 6 months from date of
A municipality constituted upon the dissolution of municipality before the expiration of its
duration, it shall continue only for the remainder period, for which the dissolved
municipality would have constituted, had it not been dissolved
74th amendment also envisage setting up of committees for district planning, to consolidate
the plans prepared by panchayats & municipalities in district & to prepare a draft
development plan for the district as a whole

Finance commission, Election commission, duties same as Panchayats

Center State Relations

Union List

100 items (Exclusive authority of Union)

Concurrent list

52 items (Authority of both center & state)

State List

61 Items ( 5 items transferred to concurrent list by 42 amendment; viz.

Education, forests, Justice, Weight & measures and Protection of wildlife,
animals & birds)

Under certain conditions, constitution authorizes union government to extend its jurisdiction over
matters included in state list viz.

When a proclamation of emergency is in force, parliament can legislate on matters included in all 3
Article 356

On breakdown of constitutional machinery in state, parliament can take over

legislative authority of the state

Article 249

Empowers Rajya Sabha to transfer any matter in state list to legislative jurisdiction of
parliament by a resolution passed by 2/3rd of the majority

Article 252

If legislature of 2 or more states passes a resolution that a desirable law shall be

passed by parliament on any matter enumerated in state list, then parliament can
make laws regulating that matter. Any other state can also adopt such law by passing
a resolution but these laws can be amended / repealed by parliament only

Article 253

Empowers parliament to make laws for whole or any part of Indian territory for
implementing international agreements & conventions, even if the subjects covered
by such treaties & agreements falls within state list

Residuary powers have been paced under legislative jurisdiction of the parliament

Central control over state legislation

Apart from above, constitution also provides for centres consent, before a bill passed by state
legislature becomes a law:

A state law providing for compulsory acquisition of private property shall have no effect without
Presidential assent

Article 31A

Grants immunity to laws providing for agrarian reforms from article 14 & 19 but
immunity of article 31 A shall not be available to state laws unless it receives
Presidential assent

Article 200

Directs governor of state to reserve a bill passed by state legislature for the
consideration of President, if in his opinion, law if passed, would derogate the
powers of HC

Article 288 (2)

Authorize a state to levy tax wrt water & electricity, being distributed, used or sold
by any authority, established by law made by parliament. But no such law shall be
valid unless it has been resent for consideration of the President & have received
his assent

Article 304 (b)

Authorize a state legislature to impose reasonable restrictions on freedom of trade,

commerce & intercourse within the state in public interest, but such law can not be
introduced in state legislature without prior sanction of President

Administrative Relations between Center & States

Union-state administrative relations in India are organized so as to enable the union

government to exercise considerable direction & control over administrative machinery of
the state
Union government has been armed with the powers of giving directions to state & has been
given certain other powers to promote interstate coordination + settle interstate river water
For above purpose, President may appoint interstate councils (Advisory in nature) to effect
coordination b/w the states

Financial Relations between Center & States

Financially strong centre, so much that states are almost completely dependent upon the
union for financial assistance. While proceeds of all the taxes within the state list are entirely
retained by the state, proceeds of some of the taxes in union list are allotted wholly or
partially to the states.

Stamp duties + Duties of excise on medicinal & toilet preparations are mentioned in union
list & are levied by central government but collected by state government
Taxes levied & collected by union but assigned to states:

Duties wrt succession of property other than of agricultural land

Estate duty wrt succession of property other than of agricultural land
Terminal taxes on goods or passengers carried by railways, sea or air
Taxes on railways freight & fare

Taxes levied & collected by the union but distributed b/w union & states Income tax (Not
including corporate tax)

Grant in aids & Loans

Prime objective is promoting welfare of STs & raise administration of scheduled areas
Parliament make grants to give financial assistance to states to help overcome budgetary
Specific budget grants to states, as in case of jute producing states like WB, Assam, Bihar &
Orissa, in lieu of share of Jute export duty, levied by government
Union can make grants for any public purpose for various national development schemes
Union provides many other grants to states from time to time which mean states depend
greatly on Union to get loans. A state government can only borrow within India & can not
raise a new loan without the consent of Union government, if there is an outstanding on
previous loans
Constitution provides for appointment of finance commission by President every 5 years to
advise him regarding distribution of resources b/w union & states & other revenue matters
Niti Ayog also plays a vital role in financial relations b/w centre & states. It decides outlays of
the plans for the country which in turn decides amount of money to be given to various

Cooperative Federalism

In exigencies of war, national interest takes precedence over fine points of centre state
divisions of powers
Substitution of primary police state by welfare state, where varied social services or
technological advancement requires huge outlays & state government could not meet them
on their own resources

Supreme Court Doctrines in context of legislative relations

b/w Centre & States
Doctrine of Pith & Substance

Within their respected areas of authority, Union & state legislatures are supreme & are not
supposed to encroach upon others sphere
If a new law passed by one encroaches upon the subject, held & assigned by the other, court
will apply Doctrine of Pith & Substance
If it is found that law in substance is within the subjects assigned to that legislature &
intention of law is genuine, the law shall be valid, even though there is some overlapping.
Hence, there can not be watertight division of powers b/w centre & the state, because if it
is, it would made several laws invalid on simple grounds of overlapping

Doctrine of Colorable legislation

In federal government, transgression of its limit of powers by a legislature may be overt or

covert. When the legislation is indirect & covert, it is known as colorable legislation
In this, although the subject on which legislature make laws falls within its legislative
competence in exterior appearance but its real motive is to transgress the powers of other
legislature covertly
In this, case applying the Doctrine of colorable legislation, court can invalidate the entire law
which means, what legislature can not do directly, it can not do the same indirectly also

Interstate councils

President is empowered to constitute an interstate council, if at any time it appears to him

that public interest would be served thereby
Establishment May 1990, on recommendations of Sarkaria commission
Meet 3 time a year with proceedings under camera


PM (Ex-officio chairperson)
6 union ministers (as appointed by PM)
CM of all the states & UTs
Administrators of UTs

Largely based on GOI act of 1935; ISC has 3 specific duties viz.

To enquire into & advice upon disputes arose b/w states

To investigate & discuss subjects on which states or union + states have common interest
To make recommendations on these subjects for better coordination of policy & action

Civil Services in India

Central services by central government UPSC

State services by state Government State PSC
Common services to Union & States All India Services

All India Services

Serve centre as well as states; recruited by ministry of personnel in consultation with UPSC
Are under direct control of ministry for ex. IAS, IPS, IFS
If Rajya sabha passes a resolution supported by not less than 2/3rd of members present &
voting, then Parliament may by law provide for creation of one or more all India services
(Including All India Judicial services 42nd amendment)

All 3 Services

Member of AISs or Central services hold office during the pleasure of President & in case of
state services, of governor
President / Governor may provide for compensation if

Post is abolished before expiration of contractual period

He is required to vacate the post for reasons not connected with misconduct on his part

Safeguard of Civil Servants

No person holding a civil post under Union or states shall be dismissed or removed by an
authority subordinate to appointing authority
No such person is reduced, dismissed or removed in rank except after an enquiry in which he
has been informed of the charges against him & given a reasonable opportunity of being
heard wrt those charges

Union Public service commission

Chairman (appointed by President)

Members (Decided by President Not Fixed)
1/2 of the members of commission should be such persons, who have held the office for
atleast 10 years, either under GOI or state government

Duration 6 years / 65 years

Removal By President on following terms

Guilty of misbehaviour or holds office of profit

Adjudged insolvent
Engages in paid employment outside duties of his office

State or Joint Public service commission

State PSC Chairman + Members appointed by Governor

Joint PSC Chairman + Members appointed by President
Joint PSC 2 or more states agree to have joint PSC, Provided a resolution to the effect,
passed by legislature of these states in parliament
Duration 6 years or 62 years of age

Points of Prominence

UPSC, if requested by governor, may with approval of President agree to act for a state
Half of the members of every PSC are the officials, who have held the government office
(union or state) for atleast 10 yrs
All PSCs are only advisory in nature
Chairman & members of Joint & state PSC can be removed from the office by only the orders
of the President
Governor only has power to pass an interim order of suspension, pending the final order of
President on report of SC

Administrative Tribunals
Tribunals are meant to relieve the courts of overload & expedite the process of justice in
interest of affected officials

Administrative Tribunals (Article 323A)

It authorises parliament to setup administrative tribunals for the purpose of setting disputes
& complains involving civil services
It also authorize parliament to establish an administrative tribunal for the union & a
separate administrative tribunal for state or for two or more states

Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) For Union services including AIS

The CAT exercises jurisdiction over all service matters concerning the following:

a member of any All-India Service

a person appointed to any civil service of the Union or any civil post under the union
a civilian appointed to any defence services or a post connected with defence

However, the members of the defence forces, officers, staff of the Supreme Court and the
secretarial staff of the Parliament are not covered under the jurisdiction of CAT.
State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) For states services including state PSC
Following categories of employees are exempted from purview of Administrative tribunal:

Employees of SC & HC
Armed force professionals
Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha members

Points of Prominence

SC may grant a writ of certiorari if a tribunals decision infringes an FR

Chairman & members of CAT & SAT are appointed by President after consultation with CJ
Chairman & Vice Chairman retire at the age of 65 + Other members retire at the age of 62
Chairman Must be a HC judge (Serving/Retired) or VC of tribunal for atleast 2 years
Members of administrative tribunals can be Judges of HC & or from civil services

Tribunal for other Services (323B)

For jurisdiction of disputes relating to following matters

Foreign exchange (export & import)
Land reforms
Industrial & labour disputes
Ceiling on urban property
Election to parliament or state legislature
Rent & Tenancy Issues
Production, procurement & distribution of food stuff

Official Language India 8 Schedule


Official language of Union should be Hindi or Devnagri script

However, for a period of 5 years from the commencement of constitution, English language
would continue to be used for all the official purposes of union, for which it was being used
before the commencement of constitution
President should, at the expiration of 5 years & thereafter at the expiration of 10 years from
such commencement, by order constitute a commission to make recommendations
regarding progressive use of Hindi language, restrictions on use of English language & other
related issues
Parliament may by law provide for continued use of English language for specified purposes,
even after 15 years from the commencement of constitution
A committee of 30 members (20 LS & 10 LS) should be constituted to examine
recommendations of commission & to report its views to President

Regional Languages

Legislature of state may adopt any one or more of languages in use in state or Hindi as
official language of the state. Until that is done, English is to continue as official language of
the state
For the time being, English would remain the official language for communication b/w state
& union or b/w various states. But 2 or more states are free to agree to use Hindi for
communication b/w themselves

Language of Judiciary

All the proceedings in SC & in every HC as well authoritive text of all bills, acts, ordinances
etc. should be in English unless parliament provides otherwise
Governor of the state, with previous consent of the President can authorize the use of Hindi
or any other official language of the state in the proceeding of the HC of state, but not wrt
the judgment, Decrees & order passed by it

Emergency Provisions in India

Article 352 Proclamation of Emergency

National Emergency
External War or external aggression

Internal By armed rebellions

President can issue a proclamation of emergency only when decision of cabinet is

conveyed to him in writing
o Proclamation is subjected to judicial review & its constitutionality can be questioned
in court of law on grounds of malafidism
o Has been issued only 3 times till now (1962 & 1971 External; 1975 Internal)
o Every proclamation made under article 352 ( except a proclamation revoking
previous proclamation ) should be laid before each house of the parliament & must
be approved by them within one month after proclamation is made, by majority of
total membership of the house & by a majority of not less than 2/3rd of members of
the house present & voting
o If parliament fails to approve such proclamation, then it ceases to be in operation on
expiry of 1 month after proclamation is made
If parliament approves such proclamation, then it will be in force for 6 months from the date
on which it was approved by parliament, unless revoke earlier
It can be approved by parliament any no. of times but not beyond 6 months at a time
If LS stands dissolved before giving approval to proclamation, then RS needs to approve it
within 1 month & thereafter should be ratified by LS within 1 month after reconstitution
If LS disapproves a proclamation to its continuance, President shall revoke the emergency
If not less than 1/10th of the members of LS issue a notice with intension of disapproving an
emergency to the President, when LS is not in session or to Speaker, if it is in session, then a
special sitting of LS shall be held within 14 days for the purpose of considering such a
FRs under article 19 will be suspended automatically only in case of external emergency
Parliament is empowered to extend by law, life of LS beyond 5 years for a period of not
extending 1 year at a time, but in any case not exceeding 6 months after the proclamation of
emergency has ceased to be in operation (Same case with state legislative assemblies)

Article 356 Failure of constitutional machinery in state (Presidential rule)

Must be passed by each house of the parliament by simple majority or cease to operate at expiry of 2
months (Subjected to judicial Review)
Approved for 6 months from the date of approval & can be further extended for a period of 6 months.
However, it can be extended beyond 1 year period but in any case not beyond 3 years from the date
of issue of proclamation, if :

A proclamation of national emergency is in operation in that state or in whole India

EC certifies that it is necessary on account of difficulties to hold general elections to state legislature

Article 360 Financial Emergency

A proclamation of financial emergency will remain in force for 2 months, unless before expiry of that
period, it is approved by both the houses of parliament by simple majority
Once approved, it will be in force till it is revoked by the President (None Issued so far)

Anti Defection Law, 1985 (10th Schedule)

Rajiv Gandhi gov. imposed a ban on defection through 52nd amendment act.
The act aims to prohibit undemocratic, unethical & unprincipled political defection by
members of legislature, by innovation of an instrument of disqualification
A member of parliament or state legislature belonging to any political party, shall be
disqualified for being a member of that house if:
He voluntarily give up the membership of such political party
An independent member joins a political party after being elected
A nominated member joins a political party after 6 months
A member does not act according to the whips issued by his political party


If 1/3rd members of a political party resign from their parent party & form a splinter group
If 2/3rd of members of a political party resign from their parent party & merge with another
political party


Speaker & Deputy Speaker of LS, Deputy Chairman of RS

Speaker & Deputy Speaker of LC, Chairman & Deputy Chairman of LA

On subjects of disqualification, decision of chairman / Speaker of the house shall be final. No

court shall have jurisdiction under this act wrt members of the house
1991 SC verdict on Anti Defection Law

Decision of presiding officer of the house on question of disqualification shall be final

Decision of presiding officer of the legislature are open to judicial review
In 1992, court further held that the whip issued by political party is binding on its members,
only in case of Confidence motion, No confidence motion, Money bills & Vote of thanks to
President or Governors address.

91st constitutional Amendment act, 2003

Act debars a defector from holding any public office for the duration of remaining term of
the existing legislature or until fresh elections
Size of COMs is to be 15 % max. of lower house at the centre as well as at states. (However,
smaller states such as Mizoram, Sikkim etc. would have the liberty of having a minimum of
12 ministers)
Seeks to debar a defector from holding any remunerative political post for the remaining
tenure of the legislature or unless re-elected
Omitted exemption of splinter group law from exemption to Anti defection law

Parliamentary Committees
Parliamentary Committees
The work done by the Parliament in modern times is considerable in volume and varied in
nature. The time at its disposal is limited (3 sessions only) Hence, It cannot give close
consideration to the details of all the legislative and other matters that come up before it.
Hence Parliamentary Committees are necessary for detailed study on specific matters & serve
following purpose:

Types of Parliamentary Committees

Based on purpose and duration
Adhoc Committee appointed for a specific purpose and they cease to exist when they finish
the task assigned to them and submit a report

Committees on Bills (Select and Joint).

Railway Convention Committee.
Committees on the Draft Five Year Plans.
Hindi Equivalents Committee.

Standing Committee (Advisory and Inquiry in Nature) Standing Committees are permanent
committees. Each House of Parliament has Standing Committees

Business Advisory Committee.

Committee on Petitions.
Committee of Privileges.
Rules Committee.

Based on composition

Select Single House, ie either LS or RS.

Joint Both Houses.

Committee on Estimates (Lok Sabha)

Consists of 30 memberswho are elected by the Lok Sabha every year from among its
Ministers are not allowed to be part of this committee.
The main function is to report what improvements in organisation, efficiency, or
administrative reform, consistent with the policy underlying the estimates may be affected.

Committee on Public Undertakings (PUC)

Consists of 15 members elected by the Lok Sabha and 7 members of Rajya Sabha
A Minister is not eligible for election to this Committee.
The term of the Committee is one year.
The functions of the Committee on Public Undertakings are:

to examine the reports and accounts of Public Undertakings.

to examine the reports of the CAG on the Public Undertakings.
to examine in the context of the autonomy and efficiency of the Public Undertakings
whether the affairs of the Public Undertakings are being managed in accordance with sound
business principles and prudent commercial practices.
such other functions vested in the Committee on Public Accounts and the Committee on
Estimates in relation to the Public Undertakings as are not covered by clauses (a), (b) and (c)
above and as may be allotted to the Committee by the Speaker from time to time.

Committee on Public Accounts (PAC)

Consists of 15 members elected by the Lok Sabha and 7 members of the Rajya Sabha
A Minister is not eligible for election to this Committee.
The term of the Committee is one year
The main duty of the Committee is to ascertain whether the money granted by Parliament
has been spent by Government within the scope of the Demand.
The Appropriation Accounts of the Government of India and the Audit Reports presented by
the Comptroller and Auditor General mainly form the basis for the examination of the

Business Advisory Committee (Lok Sabha)

The Business Advisory Committee of Lok Sabha consists of 15 members including the
Speaker who is the ex-officio Chairman.

The members are nominated by the Speaker. Almost all sections of the House are
represented on the Committee as per the respective strength of parties in the House.
The function of the Committee is to recommend the time that should be allotted for the
discussion of such Government legislative and other business as the Speaker, in consultation
with the Leader of the House, may direct to be referred to the Committee.

The Committee, on its own initiative, may recommend to the Government to bring forward
particular subjects for discussion in the House and recommend allocation of time for such

Committee of Privileges (Lok Sabha)

This Committee consists of 15 members nominated by the Speaker.

The function is to examine every question involving breach of privilege of the House or of
the members of any Committee thereof referred to it by the House or by the Speaker.
It determines with reference to the facts of each case whether a breach of privilege is
involved and makes suitable recommendations in its report.

Committee on Petitions (Lok Sabha)

The Committee consists of 15 members nominated by the Speaker.

A Minister is not nominated to this Committee.
The function of the Committee is to consider and report on petitions presented to the
Besides, it also considers representations from individuals and associations, etc. on subjects
which are not covered by the rules relating to petitions and gives directions for their

Committee on Subordinate Legislation (Lok Sabha)

The Committee consists of 15 members nominated by the Speaker.

A Minister is not nominated to this Committee.
The Committee scrutinizes and reports to the House whether the powers to make
regulations, rules, sub-rules, by-laws etc. conferred by the Constitution or delegated by
Parliament are being properly exercised by the executive within the scope of such

Rules Committee (Lok Sabha)

The Rules Committee consists of 15 members including the Speaker who is the ex-officio
Chairman of the Committee.
The members are nominated by the Speaker.
The Committee considers matters of procedure and conduct of business in the House and
recommends any amendments or additions to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of
Business in Lok Sabha that are considered necessary.