Supreme corrective body?
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Justice Jackson of the US Supreme Court pertinently said: "The doctrine of judicial activism which justifies easy and constant readiness to set aside decisions of other branches of Government is wholly incompatible with a faith in a democracy and in so far it encourages a belief that judges should be left to correct the result of public indifference it is a vicious teaching."
No one today grudges a vigorous judicial activism from our courts but its legitimacy and accountability depends on it being exercised within the confines of the power conferred by the Constitution on the judiciary.
Andhyarujina, a former solicitor general of India, is the author of 'Judicial Activism and Constitutional Democracy in India'