A commemorative postage stamp on the Golden Jubilee of the Supreme Court of India :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 26, 1999
Issued for : A proper functioning of the Supreme Court is of vital public importance. The Rule of Law, fundamental rights of the people and a proper functioning of the various constitutional authorities depend on it. The completion of fifty years of the Supreme Court is thus a special occasion for the citizens of this constitutional democracy and the Department of Posts is proud to associate itself with the event through the issue of this stamp.
Stamp, FDC & Cancellation : Shubhra Verma Bhatnagar
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 300 Paise
Overall size : 4.06 x 2.73 cms.
Printing size : 3.71 x 2.38 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported unwatermarked Adhesive Gravure Coated Stamp Paper in Sheets 50.8 x 53.5 cms.
Stamps Printed : 0.7 Million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nashik
- The most important power of the Supreme Court, however, is the power to issue writs in the nature of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo warranto and certiorari for the enforcement of the fundamental rights granted under Part III of the constitution. The right to move the Supreme Court for the enforcement of fundamental rights is itself a fundamental right.
- The Supreme Court has also opened new avenues of access to justice for those who were not earlier in a position to move the Court because they suffered from various handicaps such as poverty, lack of adequate knowledge of the law and its procedures, and other disabilities. The Court has now evolved what has come to be known as “public interest litigation“ which enables a third party to move the Supreme Court on behalf of such persons for obtaining a redressal of their grievances. In the exercise of such jurisdiction issues of national importance like environmental protection and human rights violations have come before the Supreme Court.
- Altogether, a heavy responsibility has been placed upon the Supreme Court under the Constitution. It receives annually about 35,000 cases for consideration. Yet today, the Supreme Court has only 20600 (approx) pending cases. This was achieved through computerisation, classification of cases and proper court management of the case-load.
- Text : Based on material supplied by the Supreme Court of India.