In honour of legal scholar and professor Upendra Baxi, a book titled Judicial Review: Process, Power and Problem was launched at Indian Law Institute, Chandigarh.
Former Supreme Court Judge Surya Kant, Dr. Upendra Baxi and Rajya Sabha MP Abhishekh Manu Singhvi were present during the book launch.
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, Sidhharth Luthra, Lokendra Malik and Shruti Bedi were also present during the event.
Cambridge University Press has published this book.
Yogesh Kumar Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi University said that more books and articles will be written in honour of Upendra Baxi.
“Professor Buxi’s work is well renowned. His fame and thoughts in the field of law is at par with the Supreme Court,” said Tyagi calling attention to Baxi’s wide-range of legal and academic work.
“Judicial review improves democracy. The better the judicial review, the better will be the democracy,” said Tyagi.
Tyagi said that if there will be people from different areas in the judicial review, then the judicial review will be even better.
“Apart from Judicial, if people are taken from academic area, then it will be better for democracy,” he added.
Congress Leader Abhishekh Manu Singhvi, said, “Upendra Baxi has his own place in the legal fraternity. His sense of approach, whether it is his hair, his muffler or his pipe; all different and unique”.
Referring to the provision of curative petition, Advocate Luthra said that it increases the burden of vases in the Supreme Court. “We need to rethink the functioning of the court,” he added.
Luthra said that the more practical the methods of practice for the court and lawyers, the better the judicial review will be.
Salman Khursid said that it is a matter of pride for Upendra Buxi to be a student. It is also a matter of pride for people that to hear and read his works.
Regarding judicial review, Khursid said that economic analysis is a big aspect for judicial review. “Our understanding of democracy and what is the role of judicial review in it. People think that the judicial review is anti-democratic, which is absolutely wrong,” he said.
“Judicial review is a part of democracy itself. This is not something new which has been discovered separately. This book will be a great experience to understand and know the judicial review,” added Khurshid.
Former SC Judge Suryakant Sikri also talked about the inclusion of other fields, including academicians in judicial review, and how it can happen in the future. Sikri also said that the practice of the lawyer will also have to be changed.
“Mootcourt competition should also be promoted, which will make it easier to learn the time limit. Lawyers can and should also do this,” added Sikri.
Judicial review is a process under which the judiciary reviews the work of the executive or legislative. Law can invalidate acts and government functions after judicial review. On the basis of judicial review, the court reviews any function or law of the executive or legislature on a limited basis.
The rule or law can be invalidated through judicial review if it feels that the terms of the constitution are being violated.
Judicial review is one aspect of the investigation and balancing of powers.
Judicial review in India is a review of government decisions made by the Supreme Court of India.
Judicial review is done under Article 32, Article 136, Article 226, Article 227.