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Book Courts of India-Past to Present compiled by Supreme Court Editorial Committee

The purpose of the book is to trace the evolution of judiciary in the modern Indian beginning from the colonial period.

Dec 14, 2016 12:10 IST

Courts of India-Past to PresentCourts 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.

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• 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.