"I realise that some of my criticisms may be mistaken; but to refuse to criticize judgements for fear of being mistaken is to abandon criticism altogether... If any of my criticisms are found to be correct, the cause is served; and if any are found to be incorrect the very process of finding out my mistakes must lead to the discovery of the right reasons, or better reasons than I have been able to give, and the cause is served just as well."

-Mr. HM Seervai, Preface to the 1st ed., Constitutional Law of India.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Was it necessary for the SC?

J. Venkesan in today's The Hindu has reported about a judgment by SC titled; Joint ventures will ease housing shortage, says Supreme Court. The court seems to have recommended the Ministry of Urban Development to adopt joint ventures - public private partnership - to address the housing problem. I am yet to read the full judgment and wonder was it necessary for the court to give its opinion/recommendation on a policy matter, which stands in the domain of other branches of the government.

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