Interesting Quotes by Judges for Law Students

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Interesting Quotes by Judges for Law students


Many law students tend to forget that precedents or famous judgments play a significant role in a better understanding of the law. Without relating your theory with relevant judgments or actual saying by the courts, will not mean any sense of reading those theories you can not apply.

Interesting Quotes by Judges for Law students
Interesting Quotes by Judges for Law students

Law is the discipline and principle concerned with the numbers, customs, rules of conduct of a community, and actions if someone will not abide by those rules. The legal profession involves reading cases or previously made judgments so that one can stand their arguments in front of the court of any theory by precedents. Below are some of the famous and most interesting judgments that every law student must know.

Most interesting Judgments in India:

1. The Chappal-Sandal Conundrum:

In a very interesting ruling of the Delhi High Court, where the issue was raised, Is a women’s footwear without a backstrap a “chappal” or “sandal”? And Delhi High Court held that “it is a chappal, not a sandal”. The judgments came after the Chennai-based footwear manufacturer named Wishall challenged this particular issue of chappal and sandal differentiation.

Customs duty drawbacks on sandals are 10%, while those on chappals are only 5%. This is at the heart of the dispute. An export duty drawback is a refund given to manufacturers or business houses which import machinery or raw materials to produce goods for export. On purchase of raw materials, these manufacturers pay import duties, but as they export their product, they can claim a drawback, which refunds the duty paid. Exports are thus encouraged.

According to the Customs Department in New Delhi, the export consignment contained chappals and not sandals. The dispute began in May 2003 when the company filed a shipping bill for exports of “ladies’ leather sandals.” According to the Centre and Revenue Department, Wishall’s products are chappals and therefore the company is entitled to a 5% duty drawback.

2. The Ayodhya Case:

One of the most controversial cases in Indian Constitutional history is the Ayodhya mandir and Barbri-masjid dispute. Mahant Raghubir Das filed the first complaint in January 1885 seeking permission to build a temple outside the Babri Masjid on the chabutara (a raised platform). A trespasser then broke into the Babri Masjid on December 22, 1949, installing an idol of Ram inside. The issue then remained in suspended animation for many years.

Efforts were made by a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to hear day-to-day proceedings on the issue on August 6, 2019, at which point the court directed the advocates to conclude the matter by October 16.
In Ayodhya, the Supreme Court ended hearings in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute on October 16, 2019. The Court reserved its judgment until November 9. Ram Janmabhoomi trust won ownership of the disputed 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya in a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court. The Court ordered that an alternative piece of land in Ayodhya be given to Muslims for the construction of a mosque in a “suitable” and “prominent” place. Ayodhya temple will be built by a trust, which will be set up within three months by the Court.

3. ADM Jabalpur V. Shivkand Shukla Case, 1976

The maintainability of the presidential order in National Emergency was challenged in this case. An extremely significant case in Indian constitutional history is ADM Jabalpur V Shivkant Shukla. The case was decided on 28th April 1976. In India’s constitutional history, this is the blackest day. A presidential order during the emergency of 1975 suspended the right of citizens to bring any claim to any court to enforce any right conferred by Articles 14, 21, and 22.

Four out of five judges of the Supreme Court declared that it was valid and maintainable under the emergency provisions of the Indian constitution, while several high courts found it not maintainable. Under MISA, a preventive detention act that aims to maintain the country’s internal security, everyone deemed to be a political threat was detained without trial. This was a case where an attorney general of India wrote, “Even if life was taken away illegally, courts are helpless”.

4. Association Of Dead People, … vs State Of U.P. And Others, 2000

An Indian teenager named Lal Bihari was told that “In their books, he is a dead man” when he approached a bank to apply for a loan in 1976. After 18 years, Lal Bihari finally regained both his life and his land. To prove that he was alive, he added the word Mritak to his name, ran for parliament, abducted his uncle’s son, threatened murder, insulted judges, and threw leaflets listing his complaints at legislators in the state assembly in order to obtain a widow’s pension for his wife.
The police beat him up each time or scolded him for wasting their time. In Uttar Pradesh, Lal Bihari, The Dead, unable to make headway, sought out the ghost company of other dead and found an entire afterlife for the dead and dispossessed.
Lal Bihari was made known alive by Azamgarh district magistrate Hausla Prasad Verma in 1994, after 18 years of living as a dead man, and his land was given to him as well.


It is important to remember famous judgments or quoted lines of judges in landmark or important cases of the Indian Constitution. Above are a few of the Landmark judgments I have written that can be beneficial for Law students.