Courts of India-Past to Present: Supreme Court Editorial Committee
The book titled Courts of India- Past to Present was in news on 12 December 2016. The purpose of the coffee table book is to introduce the complexities of the Indian Judiciary to common public in a simple and non-technical manner.
Highlights of the book
• The primary focus of the book is on the evolution of higher judiciary in India in the colonial period.
• The book remarks that the establishment of High Courts in Bengal, Madras and Bombay provinces in the 19th century is the real beginning of functional higher judiciary in India.
• It covers important events like the establishment of Federal Court under the Government of India Act, 1935 and the historic trial of last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.
• It also covered important judgements of the Supreme Court like Kesavananda Bharati Case (1973), Indira Sawhney Case (1992), SR Bommai Case (1994), etc.
• To maintain the simplicity, several photographs are included in the book that better illustrates the narrative in the book.
• Apart from the formal and established judiciary, the book also touches upon other periphery elements like chicken liver test practised in northeast India.
• Under this practice, a chicken liver is handed over to a chosen person by the priest. The chosen person interprets the liver to find out the guilty.
• It was compiled by the Supreme Court Editorial Committee headed by Justice SA Bobde.
• It was published by the Publication Division of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
• The foreword for the 512-page book was written by the Chief Justice of India T S Thakur.
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