Nani Palkhivala: The Courtroom Genius

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If ever a colossus strode across the Indian legal arena, it was Nani Palkhivala. After a brilliant academic career, he quickly became one of India’s most sought after lawyers and remained at center stage for five decades. Famous for his phenomenal power of concentration and persuasive advocacy, he was a supremely successful lawyer. Early in his career, he authored one of the finest commentaries on the law and practice of income tax. His reputation as a constitutional lawyer is deservedly formidable. Between 1965 and 1995, he argued nearly all important constitutional law cases before the Supreme Court of India: Golak Nath, Bank Nationalisation, Privy Purses, Kesavananda Bharati, St. Xavier’s, Mandal Commission and the Election Commission matter. Palkhivala also represented India in three major international disputes. A man of many parts and strong opinions, he gave critical lectures on the annual budget, which attracted audiences in excess of 1,00,000. Amazingly, he never referred to a single note. An extraordinary human being, he gave generously, but quietly, to charitable causes. This book chronicles Palkhivala’s journey as a lawyer and discusses the important cases in which he appeared and that changed the destiny of the country. The book provides a rare insight into his working methods and style of advocacy. No student of law, no lawyer, no chartered accountant, no member of the judiciary and no well-informed citizen can afford to miss reading this book.

Table of Conrtent

  • Secrets of Palkhivala’s Success
  • Extraordinary Child and Lawyer by Accident
  • Meteoric Rise to Legal Stardom
  • Palkhivala as Defendant: The Sampath Iyengar Copyright Case
  • Constitutional Law Cases: An Amazing Journey
  • The Case Palkhivala Missed: Sajjan Singh v. State of Rajasthan
  • The Case that Changed the Constitutional Landscape: IC Golak Nath v. State of Punjab
  • The Bank Nationalisation case: A Turning Point in the Interpretation of Fundamental Rights
  • The Privy Purses Case: A Constitutional Betrayal
  • Newsprint Control or Newspaper Control?: Bennett Coleman v. Union of India
  • Kesavananda Bharati and Fundamental Rights: The Saving of India’s Constitution
  • The Clumsy Attempt to Review Kesavananda Bharati
  • St. Xavier’s Case: Protecting Minority Rights

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