UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus: GS-2- Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Kesavananda Bharati Case – Explained

What was the case:

Swami Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalavaru, the head of a Kerala math, challenged the state government’s attempt to impose restrictions on the management of the religious property.

In an earlier case called Golak Nath vs. the State of Punjab, the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament could not curtail any fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. 

The Swami Kesavananda Bharati case was heard by a 13-member constitutional bench.

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What was the case about?

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Basic structure doctrine:

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Source:”Indian Express”.

Possible UPSC Mains Question:

Why Kesvananda Bharati case is considered as a landmark judgement? How far did it protect the constitution of India from arbitrary changes?