Kumari Shrilekha Vidyarti v U.P.

Protecting us from arbitrary state action

The State terminated the appointment of all Government counsel irrespective of whether the term of the incumbent had expired or not. Justice Verma asserted that every state action must not be arbitrary even if that state action was in the field of contractual relations between the state and individuals. He argued this was grounded on Article 14 of the Constitution of India, which guarantees fairness in action by the state. This created new standards of justification by the state for its actions against citizens.