Rights in Review – The Supreme Court in 2015

January 1, 2016
Constitution & Governance

Rights in Review is a CLPR publication which analyses 15 key judgments ruled by the Supreme Court in 2015. This publication seeks to acquaint the reader with various aspects of fundamental rights protection and their relevance and impact.

The year 2015 saw the Supreme Court extend its scope of protection of fundamental rights to the internet in the case of Shreya Singhal v Union of India. This case struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act of 2000.

The report also elaborates on the stand taken by the Court in issues such as life, privacy, the death penalty, the reservation policy and the environment. The Court in 2015 paved the way to legislative and executive action in constitutional protection cases by triggering judicial review in the Article 14 equal protection cases and reservation policy case with respect to the Jat community.


CLPR released its first Rights in Review Report in December 2014 which analysed key fundamental rights decisions of the Supreme Court of India from January 1 to December 15, 2014 in a format that was accessible to the public and insightful to law professionals. The Report was received enthusiastically by members of the judiciary, lawyers, academics and students.

This year we have re-dedicated ourselves to the process. We have identified those fundamental rights cases of the Supreme Court that make new law, settle an uncertain area of law or extend the application of the law to new areas.

This Report covers the period from December 15, 2014 to December 16, 2015 and the discussion is organised thematically around the core rights: life, liberty, equality and religion. The Report is written in a style that we hope makes it accessible to all those interested in public affairs irrespective of their familiarity with the Court’s legal doctrine.