19 episodes

S2 Episodes release every Monday and Wednesday till 20 Dec


Friend of the Court is a podcast series that explores groundbreaking constitutional cases in India’s judicial history against their political and social contexts. Season 2 presents the story of India's most important judgement, Kesavananda Bharati vs State of Kerala which established the basic structure doctrine, the guiding light of our constitutionalism. Over 7 episodes, we take you through the events that led to the case and its aftermath; featuring rare interview with participants, court files and personal memoirs.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

S2 Episodes release every Monday and Wednesday till 20 Dec


Friend of the Court is a podcast series that explores groundbreaking constitutional cases in India’s judicial history against their political and social contexts. Season 2 presents the story of India's most important judgement, Kesavananda Bharati vs State of Kerala which established the basic structure doctrine, the guiding light of our constitutionalism. Over 7 episodes, we take you through the events that led to the case and its aftermath; featuring rare interview with participants, court files and personal memoirs.

    S02E08 - Friend of the Court Season 2: Making of

    S02E08 - Friend of the Court Season 2: Making of

    The team behind Friend of the Court sits down for a chat with writer and editor Vikram Shah. They talk about what went into the making of the show, including the research, writing and sound design. Featuring writers Ramya Boddupalli and Bhavya Dore, producer Gaurav Vaz and advisor Lawrence Liang

    • 43 min
    S02E07 - Reckoning

    S02E07 - Reckoning

    The new Janata government is keen to roll back the excesses of the emergency. Law minister Shanti Bhushan has to undo the constitutional damage of the emergency years. Legislation doesn't solve all the problems—one final battle remains. And Nani Palkhivala returns to fight for the basic structure.

    The Minerva Mills case becomes the final phase of this battle between the court and the government. We then examine the legacy and impact of the basic structure judgement both in India and abroad. 

    Guests: Gautam Bhatia, Prashant Bhushan, KK Venugopal, Lawrence Liang, Navroz Seervai, Sandip Thakore and Justice Rohinton Nariman 

    Host: Raghu Karnad

    Research Manager: Ramya Boddupalli

    Research: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Legal Research: Aishwarya Chaturvedi

    Script writing: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Script Editor: Supriya Nair

    Producer: Gaurav Vaz

    Sound Design, Score & Title Track: Saachi Rajadhyaksha

    Mixing & Mastering: Ayan De

    Advisors: Lawrence Liang, Ranvir Singh, Shyam Divan and Vivek Divan

    For transcript and more resources go to: https://www.anildivanfoundation.org/season-2

    • 36 min
    S02E06 - The darkest hour

    S02E06 - The darkest hour

    The emergency brings in a series of draconian measures including mass sterilisation drives, slum demolitions and press censorship. The conflict between the court and the government seems to have abated for now. Even the basic structure judgement has been dormant for two years. But suddenly, a bench is constituted to review the judgement.

    A fresh phase of courtroom drama unfolds as Nani Palkhivala comes to defend the judgement. It is described as his finest hour in court. The Gandhi government moves to make other drastic changes to the Constitution.

    After that, the emergency is abruptly lifted and elections are held.

    Guests: Ajoy Bose, AK Ganguli, Arvind Datar, Lawrence Liang, Prashant Bhushan, Rajiv Khanna and Justice Rohinton Nariman.



    Host: Raghu Karnad

    Research Manager: Ramya Boddupalli

    Research: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Legal Research: Aishwarya Chaturvedi

    Script writing: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Script Editor: Supriya Nair

    Producer: Gaurav Vaz

    Sound Design, Score & Title Track: Saachi Rajadhyaksha

    Mixing & Mastering: Ayan De

    Advisors: Lawrence Liang, Ranvir Singh, Shyam Divan and Vivek Divan



    Clips used:

    1976 - Emergency era interview with Indira Gandhi during Mauritius Visit

    Exclusive: LK Advani On The 'Emergency' Comment

    Anil Divan on habeas corpus case: https://www.youtube.com/live/kWeZgwgZP_0?si=swJxNUqByFYdCrva 

    RR7640A INDIA MRS GANDHI DEFENDS HER RECORD

    Indira Gandhi calls for elections: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/video/the-emergency-indira-gandhi-indian-democracy-430486-2015-06-25 

    Leader Of Janata Party Narayan Arrives To Jaipur To Launch Elections Campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9cUuIx2PhI 

    1977 General Elections - Congress rally at Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh 

    SYND 25 3 77 DESAI SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN NEW DELHI RR7717 INDIA: POST-ELECTION REPORT

    https://www.anildivanfoundation.org/season-2

    • 36 min
    S02E05 - 7:6

    S02E05 - 7:6

    Judgement day finally arrives after 66 days of arguments. Chief Justice Sikri is also set to retire the next day. But the government has yet to announce his successor.

    When the judges assemble, and start to read their judgements one by one, at first there is no clarity on which way the bench has ruled. Then something unexpected happens: Sikri issues an unusual statement called “View of Majority”--- some judges sign, some do not.

    It soon becomes clear which way the bench has ruled: we arrive finally at the basic structure doctrine. Soon after, three senior judges are sidestepped and a more junior judge is appointed. Indira Gandhi’s election petition is heard in the high court.

    Matters come to a head shortly after with the imposition of emergency. 



    Host: Raghu Karnad

    Research Manager: Ramya Boddupalli

    Research: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Legal Research: Aishwarya Chaturvedi

    Script writing: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Script Editor: Supriya Nair

    Producer: Gaurav Vaz

    Sound Design, Score & Title Track: Saachi Rajadhyaksha

    Mixing & Mastering: Ayan De

    Advisors: Lawrence Liang, Ranvir Singh, Shyam Divan and Vivek Divan

    Guests:

    AK Ganguli, Ajoy Bose, Arvind Datar, Gautam Bhatia, Lawrence Liang,  Nayantara Sahgal, Prashant Bhushan, Rajiv Khanna, Justice Santosh Hegde and Yazdi Dandiwala For transcript and more resources go to: https://www.anildivanfoundation.org/season-2

    • 44 min
    S02E04 - No limitations

    S02E04 - No limitations

    It's now the government’s turn to argue. Who will lead arguments? The advocate general of Maharashtra, HM Seervai, or the attorney general for India, Niren De?

    Typically, the attorney general, the country’s law officer, leads arguments in major cases. But Indira Gandhi’s ministers have assured HM Seervai that he will lead. For many weeks a tension has been palpable between the two, and it finally comes to a head.

    The matter is eventually resolved. Both men strongly contest the petitioners’ submissions and defend Parliament’s power to change the Constitution as well as the amendments being challenged.

    As one judge falls sick and with time ticking, every day in court matters. This leads to more drama, and a confrontation in the judges’ chamber, before the case is finally closed. 



    Credits

    Host: Raghu Karnad

    Research Manager: Ramya Boddupalli

    Research: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Legal Research: Aishwarya Chaturvedi

    Script writing: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli

    Script Editor: Supriya Nair

    Producer: Gaurav Vaz

    Sound Design, Score & Title Track: Saachi Rajadhyaksha

    Mixing & Mastering: Ayan De

    Advisors: Lawrence Liang, Ranvir Singh, Shyam Divan and Vivek Divan

    Guests: AK Ganguli, Lawrence Liang, Navroz Seervai, Justice Michael Kirby, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Sandip Thakore, Yazdi Dandiwala

    Special thanks to Anand Thakore, Gita Sahgal, Homi Ranina, Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Reetika Subramanian and Vimal Thakore.

    Clips used:


    TR Andhyarujina on Kesavananda Bharati: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/tr-andhyarujinakesavananda-bharati-1131229.html

    For transcript and more resources go to: https://www.anildivanfoundation.org/season-2

    • 41 min
    S02E03 - "Amend does not mean destroy"

    S02E03 - "Amend does not mean destroy"

    A 13-judge bench is constituted for the very first time in the Supreme court. The government attempts to pack the court with government-leaning judges to obtain a favourable verdict. We hear about the divisions and backgrounds of judges on the bench.

    Yazdi Dandiwala, a former article clerk, takes us through the petitioners’ preparations. On October 31, 1972 Nani Palkhivala opens arguments for the petitioners. He leads an impassioned defence of fundamental rights. We hear about all the courtroom dynamics, and the behind-the-scenes drama before Palkhivala brings his arguments to a close with a flourish.



    Credits


    Host: Raghu Karnad
    Research Manager: Ramya Boddupalli
    Research: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli
    Legal Research: Aishwarya Chaturvedi
    Script writing: Bhavya Dore, Ramya Boddupalli
    Script Editor: Supriya Nair
    Producer: Gaurav Vaz
    Sound Design, Score & Title Track: Saachi Rajadhyaksha
    Mixing & Mastering: Ayan De
    Guests: Arvind Datar, Rohinton Nariman, Sandip Thakore, Yazdi Dandiwala
    Advisors: Lawrence Liang, Ranvir Singh, Shyam Divan and Vivek Divan

    Special thanks to Anand Thakore, Gita Sahgal, Homi Ranina, Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Reetika Subramanian and Vimal Thakore.



    Clips used:


    Song: Apni Azadi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_2SIAEDziw
    Nani Palkhivala budget speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0wcIAzXcyU
    TR Andhyarujina on Kesavananda Bharati: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/tr-andhyarujinakesavananda-bharati-1131229.html



    For transcript and more resources go to: https://www.anildivanfoundation.org/season-2

    • 39 min

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