Kesavananda Bharati, seer whose Supreme Court case was genesis of ‘basic structure’, passes away | India News

NEW DELHI: Kesavananda Bharati, the head of Edaneer Math, died on Sunday in his ashram in Kerala’s Kasargod at the age of 79.
“As per the information with us, he passed away at around 3.30 AM on Sunday due to age related ailments,” police told PTI.
He was the petitioner in the historic Supreme Court case ‘Kesavananda Bharati vs State of Kerala (1973) 4A SCC 225’ which had introduced the basic structure doctrine of the Constitution. The case was instrumental in safeguarding the democratic values the Constitution provided.
The basic structure doctrine reviews and strikes down amendments to the Constitution of India enacted by the Indian parliament which conflict with or seek to alter this basic structure of the Constitution.
The case of KesavanandaBharati vs State of Kerala was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the longest proceedings ever to have taken place in the top court.
The hearing in the case commenced on October 31, 1972, and concluded on March 23, 1973 and it’s the most referred to case name in Indian Constitutional law.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the seer as one who was deeply attached to Indian culture and Constitution.
“We will always remember Pujya Kesavananda Bharati Ji for his contributions towards community service and empowering the downtrodden. He was deeply attached to India’s rich culture and our great Constitution. He will continue to inspire generations. Om Shanti,” PM tweeted.

Bharati was the present pontiff (guru) of Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya Thotakacharya Samsthanam, Edneer Matha in Kasaragod district of Kerala.
In 2018, Kesavananda Bharati was conferred with Justice VR Krishna Iyer Award.
(With inputs from PTI)

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