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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter examines the applicability of Part III of the Indian Constitution to non-State actors and the horizontal effect of fundamental rights. More specifically, it considers the extent to which the actions of private actors deemed not to be ‘the State’ for purposes of Article 12 of the Constitution are subject to the Constitution’s fundamental rights provisions. It begins with an overview of the distinction between the direct and indirect effect of constitutional rights on non-State actors. It then explores the Indian Supreme Court’s use of its writ petition jurisdiction to approach the issue of the fundamental rights contained in Part III of the Constitution applying horizontally.

Keywords: constitutional rights, fundamental rights, Indian Constitution, Indian Supreme Court, horizontal effect, non-State actors, private actors, writ petition

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