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Q. Is Indian Parliament a Sovereign Body ?

Ans. The Indian Parliament is not a sovereign body like the I3ritish Parliament, because it is subject to the provisions of the Constitution. In other words, the Indian Parliament derives its authority and power from the Constitution itself. There are two limitations on the sovereignty of Parliament. First, Parliament can enact law with respect to only those matters which are enumerated either in the Union List or the Concurrent List. Second, the laws made by Parliament are also subject to the power of judicial review of the Supreme Court. That means if a law made by Parliament goes against the provisions of the Constitution, it can be declared null and void by the court. Thus, in India, the principle of supremacy of the Constitution has been adopted as against the principle of supremacy of Parliament in U.K. other principle of judicial supremacy in the U.S.A.