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Important Cases related to Preamble UPSC

Important Cases related to Preamble UPSC


  1. Berubari Union Case (AIR1960 SC 845; decided on 14th March 1960) It was decided by a bench of seven judges. In this case, the Supreme Court said that the Preamble is not a part of the Constitution and because of this, Preamble has no substantive power.

  2. Golaknath v State of Punjab ( AIR 1967; decided on 27th Feb 1967) The preamble to the Constitution cannot prohibit or control in any way or impose any implied restrictions or limitations on the power to amend the Constitution.

  3. Kesavananda Bharati Case: In this case, for the first time, a bench of 13 judges was assembled to hear a writ petition. The Court held that:

  • The Preamble of the Constitution will now be considered as part of the Constitution.

  1. In the 1995 case of Union Government Vs LIC of India also, the Supreme Court has once again held that Preamble is the integral part of the Constitution but is not directly enforceable in a court of justice in India.

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