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#Case Brief: Olga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation



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#Case Brief: Olga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation

Case Title and Citation:

Case Title: Olga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation


Citation: AIR 1986 SC 180


Facts of the Case:

The case dealt with the eviction of pavement dwellers in Bombay (now Mumbai) and their right to livelihood under Article 21.


Issues Presented:

The primary issue was whether the eviction of pavement dwellers without providing alternative arrangements violated their right to life and livelihood.


Procedural History:

The case reached the Supreme Court after lower court decisions.


Holding/Decision:

The Supreme Court held that the eviction without providing alternative arrangements violated the right to life under Article 21.


Rationale/Reasoning:

The court reasoned that the right to life included the right to livelihood, and the state had a duty to provide adequate alternatives before eviction.


Dissenting or Concurring Opinions (if any):

The decision was unanimous.


Significance/Impact:

Olga Tellis contributed to the development of jurisprudence on the right to life and livelihood, emphasizing the state's responsibility in matters of eviction and displacement.

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