ITANAGAR- Himalayan University, Itanagar joins the nation in celebrating 75th National Law Day at its campus at Jollang today. The Department of Law of the university organised the programme with Professor (Dr.) Chintamani Rout, Professor, Department of Law, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya as the Chief Guest.
To commemorate the occasion, Professor Chintamani Rout delivered a lecture on the theme “Keshavananda Bharati Judgment and Its Relevance in Contemporary India”. Professor Rout deliberated on the historical development of the drafting of the Constitution of India, the continuous struggle between the judiciary and the legislature especially concerning right to property and land rights that cumulatively led to the evolution of the principle of Basic Structure in Keshavananda Bharati versus State of Kerala (1973).
Professor Rout dwelt on the importance of the principle justifying that the principle was developed to secure and keep intact the basic fabric of the Constitution from majoritarian onslaught of the Constitution. Parliament under Article 368 is empowered to amend any part of the Constitution including fundamental rights but it cannot destroy or disturb the features which are essence to the Constitution which if allowed will dilute the very core of the constitution, Professor Rout continued.
Prabh Mohan Singh, Assistant Registrar and Dr. Dipongpou Kamei, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences cum Proctor, Reyom Ete, Head Administration cum OSD to Registrar and Dr. L. Malem Mangal, Dy. Dean, Academic Affairs and Head, Department of Law among other Heads of Departments and faculty members also graced the programme.
Interactive session followed the Lecture and important questions were raised by students to the expert relating to constitutional issues in India.