The Vasudevan Case<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
The Vasudevan Case1

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The article examines the imprisonment of Mr J Vasudevan following a Supreme Court order on 25 August 1995 that held him in contempt of Court. This was the first-time a civil servant of rank was punished for contempt. The Court even rejected his mercy petition. The sentence caused disquiet and was widely criticized. On closer examination, the order suffers from several flaws. It did not set out the factors fully. There is simply no discussion of the law; nor is there any concern with the fundamental rights involved. The decision was based on factual errors and fallacious reasoning.

Keywords: imprisonment; J Vasudevan; Supreme Court; contempt of Court; civil servant; fundamental rights

Chapter.  6850 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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