Bhanumati v. State of U.P.

Name of the CaseBhanumati v. State of U.P.
Equivalent CitationCivil Appeal no. 4135-4152 of 2010
Judicial BodySupreme Court of India
BenchJustice G.S. Singhvi & A.K . Ganguly
RespondentState of U.P. & Ors.
Date of Judgement4th May 2010
Acts InvolvedConstitution of India & Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993


Section 15 and 28 of U.P. Panchayat Laws (Amendment) Act, 2007 was tested on the ground of wire of the possibility of no-confidence motion as regards the workplace of the the chairperson of Panchayat in the standard and replacement of the arrangement of ‘more than half’ rather than ‘not less than two thirds’ relating to larger part for moving no-confidence motion and period of ‘one year’ for the beginning of no-confidence motion rather than ‘two years’ the place held that the 2007 Act is unavoidably real. The provision of no-confidence isn’t clashing with Part IX of the Constitution and the Statutory course of action of the no-confidence motion against Chairperson is a pre-Constitutional plan, what’s more, was there in Section 15 of the 1961 Act. On the off chance that a no-confidence motion is passed against the chairperson of Panchayat, he/she stops to be Chairperson, yet continues being a person from Panchayat and Panchayat continues with an as of late picked Administrator. Hence, there is no institutional upset or hindrance to the congruity or adequacy of Panchayati Raj Foundation and passage 5, List II of the seventh Schedule is adequately wide to support order of no-confidence against Chairperson of Panchayat, Uttar Pradesh Kshetra Panchayats and Zila Panchayats Adhiniyam, 1961, Constitution of India, 1950 and Part IX, Seventh Schedule Entry 5, List II.


The appeals have been recorded attacking the judgment dated 6 February 2009 by the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court whereby the High Court maintained the Constitutional legitimacy of U.P. Panchayat Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2007 (U.P. Mandate 26 of 2007) which later on became U.P. Panchayat Laws (Amendment) Act, 2007 (U.P. Act 44 of 2007). A few parts of the correction demonstration were tested. As the legitimacy of the said correction was in issue in all the appeals, they were heard together and are chosen by this judgment.

Facts of the case

  • The U.P. Kshetra Panchayats and Zila Panchayats Adhiniyam,1961 was overhauled in 1965,1976,1990,1994,1998 and 2007. IN 1994, The Amendment was in a like manner done of United Provinces Panchayat Raj Act, 1947. The changes in 1947 and 1961 Acts were concerning the objectives of the Constitution 73rd Amendment Act, 1992. By Section 9 of the U.P.Panchayat Laws (Amendment) ordinance,2007, keep going on Act, 2007, the office of ” Up – Pramukh,” “Senior Up-Pramukh”, “Junior Up – pramukh” and “Upadhyakshaya” were blocked from 1961 Act.
  • Section 2  of the revised Act blocked “Up-pradhan” wherever happening including the marginal heading. The change was in the hard and fast inconsistency of part IX of the constitution obliging a three-level structure of Panchayat association and the clarification behind such a three-level to restrict the official impedance. Because of the removal or prevention of “Pramukh” or Pradhan” from running the association, the “Up-Pramukh” or up-Pradhan” going before such change could have commanded while the revocation of these offices will prepare for authentic impedance.
  • It was also battled that there is no arrangement of no-confidence movement in section IX of the constitution and thusly joining of this rule militates against the standard of Panchayati Raj establishment.
  • Also, the substitution of the course of action ‘more than half’ in the spot of ‘not less than two-third, for instance, the no-confidence resolution to be carried on by clear larger part as opposed to 66% predominant part and the abatement of ‘one year’ in place of two years for bringing no-confidence motion debilitates the norm of strength and movement which are main roles behind the Articles and reason of constitutional amendments in Part IX of the Constitution. The SC dismissed the interest and held – a constitution isn’t to give all nuances of the arrangements.
  • In Articles likes  243A, 243C(1), (5), 243D(4), 243X(6), 243F(1),(6), 243G, 243H, 243I(2),(4) the state Legislature has been empowered to make a law to complete the built-up plan. Further in observe of the “Doctrine of Silence”, the solicitor’s conflicts can’t be recognized.
  • A Constitution professing to be just and republican cannot be deciphered to forbid the arrangement of the no-confidence motion in respect of the chairperson of the Panchayat because of its silence on that point.
  • On account of the no-confidence motion, the chairperson of Panchayat doesn’t lose this circumstance as a person from Panchayat and as such, there is no thwarted to the establishment .the core of law based republicanism is that all person who comprise such bodies. Along these lines, the legitimate course of action can’t be called either unreasonable or ultra vires of Part IX of the constitution.
  • As to struggle that the post of chairperson should have a comparable opposition as the president of India, the court held the dispute of frenzy and advanced with no regard to the huge difference between the constitution status and position between the two posts, which were not indistinguishable at all by any standards even the president of India is subject to Constitution of India under Art. 61 of the constitution.

Important Provisions

The exact provisions of the aforesaid amendments by the impugned amendment Act are as follows:

Section 15 of the Principal Act

(a) in Sub-Section (11) for the words “not less than two thirds” the words “more than half” shall be substituted.

(b) In Sub-Section (12) and Sub-Section (13) for the words “two years” the words “one year” shall be substituted.

Section 28 of the Principal Act

(a) in Sub-Section (11) for the words “not less than two thirds” the words “more than half” shall be substituted.

(b) in Sub-Section (12) and Sub-Section (13) for the words “two years” the words “one year” shall be substituted.

Background of the Case

The legal arrangement of the no-confidence motion in Section 15 of the 1961 Act against the Chairperson is a pre-Constitutional arrangement and was never repealed by any competent lawmaking body as being conflicting with any of the arrangements of Part IX.

To value these entries this Court may look at the beginning of the Constitutional arrangements about Panchayat preceding the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution.

Preceding the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992, the Constitutional arrangements identifying with Panchayat was limited to Article 40. as might be important to empower them to work as units of self-government.”

Under the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution, Panchayat turned into a ‘foundation of self-governance’ which was already an insignificant unit, under Article 40.

In this judgment, this 73rd Amendment of the Constitution was presented for reinforcing the vision of majority rule republicanism which is intrinsic in the constitutional framework.

Aside from the reasons given, the contentions by appellants can’t be acknowledged considering a very notable Constitutional Doctrine, to be specific, ‘The Doctrine of Silence’ propounded by Michel Folley. Michael Folley in his settlements on ‘The Silence of Constitutions’ has contended that in a constitution “suspensions are significant, in this manner, not disregarding their indefinite quality but since of it. They are critical for the mentalities and ways to deal with the Constitution that they inspire, as opposed to the substance and substance of their structures.” The educated creator explained this idea further by saying despite the nonappearance of any narrative or material structure, these cessations are genuine and are a fundamental piece of any Constitution. What stays unwritten and middle of the road can be the same amount of answerable for the operational character and controlling nature of a Constitution as its increasingly unmistakable and classified segments”.

Then again by ensuing legal arrangements, the said arrangement of no-confidence has been affirmed with some auxiliary changes yet the embodiment of the no-confidence arrangement proceeded. Consequently, the arrangement of no-confidence isn’t conflicting with Part IX of the Constitution.

Issues Involved

  • Whether the U.P. Panchayat Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2007 (U.P. Law 26 of 2007) which later on became U.P. Panchayat Laws (Amendment) Act, 2007 (U.P. Act 44 of 2007) was substantial or not?
  • Whether the chairperson of Panchayat ought to have indistinguishable forces from the President of India?
  • Whether the nonappearance of the no-confidence motion in detail under Chapter IX of the Constitution militates contrary to the standards of Panchayati Raj Institution?

Contentions by Appellant

  • The learned counsel for the appellant, therefore, compared the position of the Chairperson of a Panchayat with that of the President of India and argued that both are elected for five years and President’s continuance in office is not subject to any vote of no-confidence. The post of Chairperson should have the same immunity.
  • In the background of these provisions, learned counsel for the appellants argued that the provision of no-confidence, being not in Part IX of the Constitution is contrary to the Constitutional scheme of things and would run contrary to the avowed purpose of Constitutional amendment which is meant to lend stability and dignity to Panchayati Institutions.
  • The learned counsel further urged that such an amendment has been made in total contravention of the principle enshrined in Part IX of the Constitution. It was urged that Part IX of the Constitution provides for a three tire structure of Panchayat administration and the reasons for such a three tire is to minimize the scope of executive interference. It was urged if the Pradhan or Pramukh of the unit of governance in Panchayat is, for any reason, removed or disqualified, from running the administration, the up-pradhan or the up-Pramukh, before such amendment could have taken over, whereas the abolition of those offices will pave the way of executive interference.
  • It was additionally contended that decreasing the period from ‘two years’ to ‘one year’ before a no-confidence motion can be brought further agitates the running of the Panchayat. It was additionally encouraged that under the decried change that such a no-confidence motion can be carried based on a basic majority rather than two-thirds majority weakens the idea of solidness and congruity which are primary purposes behind the item and reasons of the Constitutional alterations in Part IX of the Constitution.
  • Testing the said revision, it was encouraged by the educated guidance that by achieving such alteration, the embodiment of the Panchayati standards has been disintegrated and arrangements have been made for official impedance.

Cases Involved

In this matter, various judgments have been cited by the learned counsel for the appellant. 

Of those decisions, just the judgment in Mohan Lal Tripathi vs. District Magistrate, Rai Bareilly & others is on the topic of the no-confidence motion against the President of the district chose legitimately by the electorate. 

This Court repulsed the test and maintained the no-confidence motion holding that the review by the Board adds up to review by the electorate itself.

In Ram Beti vs. District Panchayat Raj Adhikari & others ,this Court has maintained the arrangements of Section 14 of U.P. Panchayat Raj Act, 1947 as revised by U.P. Act No. 9 of 1994 which engages individuals from the Gram Panchayat to evacuate the Pradhan of Gram Sabha by the demonstration of general disapproval.

In Diamond Sugar Mills Limited and another vs. State of Uttar Pradesh and another, the Court considered the significance of the word ‘local area’ in Entry 52 of the State List in the Seventh Schedule. The Constitution Bench of this Court held that in thinking about the significance of the words in the Seventh Schedule, the Court should remember that the Sections of such a schedule ought to be generously deciphered as they give privileges of enactment. And yet the Court should be cautious enough not to expand the importance of the words past their sensible undertone in nervousness to protect the power of the legislature.

State of Tamil Nadu vs. M/s. Payarelal Malhotra and Others, In that choice importance of the articulation ‘that is to say’ was examined concerning Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary. 

Depending on Stroud, this Court held the articulation ‘that is to say’ is turned to for explaining and fixing the importance of what is characterized. There is no trouble with applying those standards to the realities of this case.

Dharam Dutt and Ors. vs. Union of India & Ors, this judgment is significant to manage the contention of the educated direction for the appellants that in lessening the period for bringing the no-confidence motion from ‘two years’ to ‘one year’ and afterward in decreasing the necessary majority from two/third to simple majority part, the assembly was guided by the vile thought process of some compelling Ministers to dispose of a nearby pioneer who, as a Pradhan of Panchayat, may have gotten extremely amazing and contender of the Minister in the State. 

This Court held that if the governing body can pass a specific law, the thought process which affected it to act is extremely unessential. If the lawmaking body has the ability, the subject of thought process doesn’t emerge at all and any investigation into the rationale which convinced Parliament into passing the Act would be of no utilization by any means. 

State of Gujarat vs. Mirzapur Moti Kureshi Kassab Jamat and Ors , here a few boundaries are set down in thinking about the constitutional validity of a statute. One of the boundaries which are applicable for this situation is anyway significant the privilege of resident or an individual might be it needs to respect the bigger interests of the nation or the community.


  • A Constitution isn’t to give all subtleties of the arrangements examined under the plan of revision. In the 73rd amendment of the Constitution, under different Articles, similar to Articles 243A, 243C(1), (5), 243D(4), 243X(6), 243F(1) (6), 243G, 243H, 243I (2), 243J, 243(K) (2), (4) of the Constitution, the governing body of the State has been enabled to make a law to actualize the Established arrangements. Article 243C(5) accommodates the appointment of Chairperson. In this way, the accommodation that the arrangement of a no-confidence motion against the chairperson, is not in the Constitution, can’t be given in the rule, is completely inadmissible when the Constitution explicitly empowers the State Legislature to give the subtleties of appointment of the Chairperson.
  • A Constitution which pronounces to be fair what’s more, republican and which realizes a progressive change by 73rd Constitutional alteration by making definite arrangement for fair decentralization and self Government on the rule of grass-root majority rule government can’t be deciphered to bar the arrangement of no-certainty movement in the regard of the workplace of the Chairperson of the Panchayat just due to its silence on that perspective.
  • If a no-confidence motion is passed against the chairperson of a Panchayat, he/she stops to be a chairperson, yet keeps on being an individual from the Panchayat and the Panchayat proceeds with a recently chosen Chairperson. Along these lines, there is no institutional setback or obstruction to the progression or soundness of the Panchayati Raj Institution.
  • Any head of a democratic establishment must be arranged to confront the trial of confidence. Neither the justly chose Prime Minister of the Country nor the Chief Minister of a State is invulnerable from such a test of confidence under the Rules of Procedure confined under Articles 118 and 208 of the Constitution. Both the PM of India and Chief Ministers of a few States heading the Council of Ministers at the Center and in a few States individually need to hold fast to the standards of aggregate obligations to their particular houses as per Articles 75(3) and 164(2) of the Constitution.
  • There is a tremendous distinction in Constitutional status furthermore, position between the post of Chairperson of a Panchayat and the President. The two posts are most certainly not practically identical at all by any principles. Indeed, even the President of India is dependent upon prosecution procedures under Article 61 of the Constitution. Nobody is an ‘imperium in imperio9 in the Constitutional set up.
  • Thinking about every one of these perspectives, this Court sees no motivation to take a view not the same as the one taken by the Hon’ble High Court. The judgment of the High Court is maintained. Every single interval request is cleared.
  • For the reasons previously mentioned, this Court maintains the Constitutional legitimacy of the U.P. Panchayat Laws (Amendment) Act, 2007 (U.P. Act 44 of 2007), and the interests are excused.


Our judiciary has investigated the realities cautiously by including an exceptionally well-known doctrine of silence. Giving the way that no-confidence motion won’t influence the situation of an executive of the gram panchayat. For each situation, equity ought to be rendered than giving a choice. Any choice taken by the court ought to be for the advancement of individuals and the court likewise featured that Finality is something to be thankful for, however equity is better.



Q1. What are the important provisions regarding this case law?

Q2. What is ‘No-Confidence Motion’?

Q3. What is ‘Doctrine of Silence’ and who gave this concept?

Q4. Which part of the constitution is related to this judgment?

Q5. Is the office of chairman of panchayat and president of the nation identical?

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