S.R. Bommai vs Union of India case verdict

The Bommai case verdict laid down the conditions under which State governments may be dismissed, and mechanisms for that process.

Updated - May 18, 2018 09:08 pm IST

Published - May 18, 2018 09:01 pm IST

S.R. Bommai after he was elected Chief Minister of Karnataka at the Karnataka Janata Legislature Party meeting in Bangalore on August 12, 1988.

S.R. Bommai after he was elected Chief Minister of Karnataka at the Karnataka Janata Legislature Party meeting in Bangalore on August 12, 1988.

The 1994 Supreme Court majority decision in essence overturned a long tradition that the use of Article 356 was not really subject to review by courts, a doctrine articulated in a landmark 1977 case, State of Rajasthan vs Union of India . The Bommai case verdict laid down the conditions under which State governments may be dismissed, and mechanisms for that process.

Click here to read the nine-judge Constitution Bench verdict in the S.R. Bommai vs Union of India case.

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