Do Laws Apply to All?

Do Laws Apply to All?


Before coming to a conclusion that laws apply to all and what if someone violates it.

Let’s see a small situation or Case Study!

Here we go…..

Read the following situation and answer the questions that follow.

A government official helps his son go into hiding because his son has been given a ten-year jail sentence by a District Court for a crime that he has committed.

Do you think that the government official’s actions were right?

Should his son be exempt from the law just because his father is economically and politically powerful?

We all must have observed here that this is totally a violation of the law. As you all have learned in unit 1, members of the Constituent Assembly agreed there should be no arbitrary exercise of power in independent India.

They, therefore, instituted several provisions in the Constitution that would establish the rule of law. The most important of these was that all persons in independent India are equal before the law.

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  • The law cannot discriminate between persons on the basis of their religion, caste or gender. What the rule of law means is that all laws apply equally to all citizens of the country and no one can be above the law.
  • Neither a government official, nor a wealthy person nor even the President of the country is above the law.
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