Court Data

Number of times a Statute/Provision was struck down as unconstitutional (2017)

The number of times a statute has been held to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2017.

In 2017, the Supreme Court struck down a statute or a part of a statute as being unconstitutional in 5 cases.

In Nikesh Tarachand Shah v Union of India, the Supreme Court struck down the 2012 Amendment to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.

In Maharashtra Forest Guards and Foresters Union v State of Maharashtra, the Supreme Court struck down the Rule 7(1)(a) of the Forester (Recruitment) Rules, 1987, inserted in 2013.

In Independent Thought v Union of India, the Supreme Court read down the exception to Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, holding the exception as unconstitutional to that extent. The exception, which creates an exception to the offence of rape in cases of forced sexual intercourse by a man with his own wife if she is of 15 years of age or above, has not been amended since 1978.

In Bimolangshu Roy v State of Assam, the Supreme Court struck down the Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004, holding that the Legislature of Assam was not competent to pass it.

In Maharishi Markandeshwar Medical College and Hospital v State of Himachal Pradesh, the Supreme Court struck down Sections 3(6), 3(6a) and 3(6b) of the Himachal Pradesh Private Medical Educational Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act 2006, inserted in 2015.