“Rules of Interpretation are very important in law courts. When the British came to India they introduced the principles of interpretation of Maxwell, laid down in his classic treatise ‘Interpretation of Statutes’ and these principles are broadly still being followed in our law courts in India. However, our ancient thinkers had created a system of interpretation called the Mimansa Rules of Interpretation, which appears to have been totally suppressed by the British, evidently because they wanted to create an impression that Indians are a race of fools and savages with no worthwhile intellectual achievement to their credit.” – Justice Katju.
Vijay Narayan Thatte & Ors vs State of Maharashtra & Ors
Civil Appeal No. 5614 of 2009
Before Supreme Court of India
Decided on: 18th August 2009
Bench: Markandey Katju, Ashok Kumar Ganguly, JJ.
Author of the Judgement: Justice Ashok Kumar Ganguly
Advocates for Appellants: Shri Harish Salve and Shri Shyam Diva, Learned Senior Counsels
Advocates for Respondent: Goolam Essaji Vahanvati, Attorney General of India and Shekhar Naphade, Advocates