Last Week at CLPR: 11th Feb – 17th Feb 2018

February 20, 2018

Last Week at CLPR:


  • Assembly Member of the Week: 17th February 1968 is the birthday of Dr.Kailash Nath Katju, a well-known lawyer who was part of the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Constituent Assembly. He was the defense lawyer in the Indian National Army trials that were conducted by the British from November 1945 to May 1946. A number of officers were charged of crimes ranging from treason to torture to murder.
  • Contemporary Relevance of CAD: The current session of the Parliament (29th January – 6th April 2018) is referred to as the Budget session. On 1st February 2018 the Finance Minister Mr.Arun Jaitley presented the budget. We trace the adoption of Draft Article 92, which detailed out the where, who and what of the budget, by the Constituent Assembly. In this 1st of 3 posts we summarise the debates that took place on who should present the budget and where it should be presented.
  • The discussions on the Preamble started with the proposal of the Objectives Resolution by Jawaharlal Nehru on 13th December 1946. The principles contained in this document laid down the framework of the Constitution Making process. The Resolutions were debated by the Constituent Assembly when they were introduced and again on 21st Jan 1947, before they were adopted on 17th Oct 1949.



  • Kapil Sibal concluded his arguments on Day 10 of the Aadhaar Act case on 13th Feb 2018.  His arguments focused on the dangers of centralizing the storage of data collected for Aadhaar, specifically to the State being able to create metadata on an individual and and use it for profiling and to the potential for wide-spread damage if this centralised data was to be hacked. He further elaborated that this consolidation of data failed the test for proportionality and violated articles Article 14 (Right to Equality) and Article 21 (Right to Life and Liberty).