India’s judiciary

Imperium in imperio?

Authored by: Shylashri Shankar

Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics

Print publication date:  April  2010
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415434294
eBook ISBN: 9780203878187
Adobe ISBN: 9781134078585


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We do not want to create an “imperium in imperio” and at the same time we want to give the judiciary ample independence so that it can act without fear or favor.

(Speech by B. R. Ambedkar, India, Constituent Assembly Debates, Vol. 8, Book 3, p. 397)

No court in the world—not the House of Lords, nor the US Supreme Court put together—has such vast jurisdiction, wide powers and final authority as the Indian Supreme Court.

(Iyer 1987), Our Courts on Trial, New Delhi: B. R. Publishing, p. 38)

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