What is the case of Maneka Gandhi v. UOI?
How did the case of Maneka Gandhi in 1978 deal with the issue of the right to live with dignity in India? What was the Passport Act that become the center of attention in this case?
The case of Maneka Gandhi v. Union of India, which was heard by the Supreme Court of India in 1978, dealt with the issue of the right to live with dignity as a fundamental right under the Indian Constitution.
The case originated from a petition filed by Maneka Gandhi, who challenged the validity of the Passport Act, 1967, which allowed the government to impound or revoke a passport without providing any reasons or giving the passport holder an opportunity to be heard. Gandhi argued that the act violated her right to travel abroad, which she claimed was an essential aspect of her right to live with dignity.