Parliament may, by law, determine to what extent any of the rights conferred by this Part shall, in their application to,—

(a) the members of the Armed Forces; or

(b) the members of the Forces charged with the maintenance of public order; or

(c) persons employed in any bureau or other organisation established by the State for purposes of intelligence or counter intelligence; or

(d) person employed in, or in connection with, the telecommunication systems set up for the purposes of any Force, bureau or organisation referred to in clauses (a) to (c),


be restricted or abrogated so as to ensure the proper discharge of their duties and the maintenance of discipline among them.

Debate Summary

Article 33 (Draft Article 26) empowers the Parliament to make laws that would restrict the application of fundamental rights to a specific category of people including members of the Indian Army and intelligence organisations.


There was no substantive debate around this article. The Chairman of the Drafting Committee moved a minor amendment to the language of the Article. The Assembly adopted this article without amendments on 9 December 1948.