On 17th December 2019, the NLSIU Chapter of the National Constitution Society (NCS) organised an interactive lecture that sought to critically engage with Rojer Mathew judgmentProfessor Rahul Singh led the session.

Prof. Singh started the discussion with a brief overview of the Rojer Mathew judgement. He outlined the issues and highlighted the relevance of this judgment.

The discussion then progressed onto a close analysis of the judicial reasoning in light of the precedents cited, reasons for citing specific precedents and, the internal politics in the Supreme Court as evident from the judgement. These issues helped situate the Supreme Court not only as the apex court of the country interpreting the law but also as an integral part of the Indian political machinery.

The participants then examined the jurisprudential foundations of the case. And critically explored, using more examples and cases, the contours of judicial reasoning as employed by the Supreme Court. Further, the discussion moved on to the role the Indian Supreme Court plays in a pluralistic democracy such as ours, aided by a comparative analysis of the apex courts of other democratic nations.

On a concluding note, the participants looked at the nature of Indian democracy, the Indian Constitution, and the role the Indian Supreme Court plays in our nation’s framework.

This blog post was written by NCS Member Ishit Patel, NLSIU Chapter.