• Lex Specialis

Injunction, Specific Restitution and Constitutional Remedies under the Law of Torts

- Anish Jandial


An injunction is the sort of remedy where the court gives special orders that constrain the other party to do or abstain from doing some particular demonstration.

For the most part, individuals request the money related compensation(damages) for the injury they have endured but, much of the time, the plaintiff requests the remedy of an Injunction to forestall the event of the harm later on.

Classification of Injunction

Injunctions is classified into two categories:

  1. Based on time period

  2. Based on nature of order

1. Based on time period

  • Temporary Injunction

Temporary Injunction implies the order of injunction by the court for a predetermined time i.e., until the following request of the court. Essentially, a temporary injunction is granted in the beginning phase of any suit.

Cases in which temporary injunction may be granted-

Where in the suit it is proved or otherwise:

(a) Any property is in dispute and the court thinks that the property is in danger or the property can be damaged or wasted by any of either party or;

(b) The defendant threatens or intends to remove or dispose of the property.

  • Permanent Injunction

The permanent injunction is one of those injunctions which at last discards the injunction suit.


If A in the wake of landing terminated from his position danger to the plaintiff that he will uncover all the private data of the plaintiff organization to other people. The plaintiff moved toward the court and requested the permanent injunction as to confine A from doing such an act i.e. even later on A can't reveal the data.

2. Based on nature of the order

  • Prohibitory Injunctions

It intends to limit/preclude an individual from doing a ceaseless act, which is against the plaintiff in his course of conventional enjoyment of land or other property. The maxim Status quo ante has been followed i.e., to make whole again someone whose rights have been violated.

  • Mandatory Injunction

A mandatory injunction is given by the court in exceptionally rare cases. Under this injunction, the court orders or directs somebody to do the act, i.e. if done any act to fix that act, or if any act not done which he needs to do, the court can ask the individual/organization to do that act.

  • The Mareva Injunction

Under this injunction the court order to freeze the assets, so that the party to an action cannot dispose of, dissipate their assets.


The third sort of judicial remedy is the specific restitution of property. It is conceded where the plaintiff has been wrongly seized of his properties and merchandise. In this manner, an individual who is unjustly seized of immovable property, or of some specific movable property, is qualified for recoup such property. At the point when one is improperly confiscated of his mobile or relentless resources, the court may arrange that the specific effects must be reestablished back to the plaintiff.

  • Restitutionary Remedies

These are likewise planned to fix the plaintiff to a place of "completeness", as intently as conceivable to their state before the tort befell. These incorporate-

  1. Restitutionary damages:These are like damages, other than that they might be determined based on the tortfeasor's bit of leeway in inclination to the plaintiff's losses.

  2. Replevin:Replevin allows in the victim to recuperate private belongings that they will have lost because of the tort.

  3. Ejectment: This is in which the court ejects somebody who is improperly remaining on actual things possessed with the aid of the plaintiff. This is normal in the midst of proceeding with trespass.

  4. Property Lien: In the event that the defendant can't discover the cash to pay damages, a judge may put a lien on their actual resources, sell the effects, and ahead of the proceeds to the tort sufferer.


As there is no legislation which indicates the vicarious liability of the state for the torts committed by its hirelings, it is under Article 300 of The Constitution of India, 1950 by which specification of the option to document a suit originates from.

Article 300 gives the privilege to people in general to sue the state. While it came into power after the execution of the Constitution in 1950, comparative arrangements were additionally there in the Government of India (from this point forward GOI) Act of 1935 under article 176 which has comparable arrangement as in GOI Act of 1915 and of 1858 under Articles 32 and 65 separately. Article 65 of the GOI Act of 1865 read, "All people and bodies politic will and may have and take similar suits, for India as they could have done against the said Company."

As the Government succeeded the organization in organization for example East Indian Company, the liability of the government comparative as it was with the organization before 1858.

  • Growth of remedy under constitution tort

The doctrine of constitutional tort has grown in many steps. Some of the established principles are as follows:

  1. Doctrine to Entertain Appropriate Cases

The court in Bhim Singh v State of J & K states that the court will engage just suitable cases yet it didn't detailed more on the capability models for a case to be called as a appropriate case. The case was identified with the unlawful detainment of a MLA so he can't go to the procedures of the house. His wife documented a writ of habeas corpus under Article 32 of the constitution. The choice of detainment was held violative of Article 21 alongside Article 22 (1). Despite the fact that at the hour of judgment the MLA was free, still the court decided to allow excellent harm by fiscally redressing. The court watched, "when an individual comes to us for the solution for infringement of his established and lawful rights, and the court discovers it as a proper case, it might grant excellent damages".And, the court granted Rs. 50000 to Bhim Singh.

The trinity of cases for example Rudal Shah, Sebastian Hongray and Bhim Singh guaranteed state's liability for repaying an individual who is wrongfully kept by it along these lines, disregarding his entitlement to life and individual freedom.

2. Constitutional Tort and the end to Sovereign Immunity

In spite of the fact that, with cases like Bhim Singh and Rudal Shah the law of constitutional tort was developing, the Courts didn't take action to the law in Kasturi Lal. The choice in Kasturi Lal was neither repeated nor overruled.

The case of damages in each case of encroachment of central rights was evident in each judgment, however there was no refinement of the doctrine of fixing the liability or managing the arrangement of remedy. There was an interest by legal scholars that except if the law in Kasturi Lal is talked about,the arrangement of providing compensation in breach of fundamental right will only be understood as a provision on an ad-hoc basis.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Nilabati Behera v State of Orissa clarified the law after passage of one decade of judgement in Rudal Shah. Nilabati Behera was a case which came before the Supreme Court through a Public Interest Litigation and was related to the custodial death of a 22-year-old boy whose body was discovered lying on the railway track on the day after he was sent for police custody. The court directed the State to pay Rs. 1.5 lakhs to the mother of the victim.

3. Compensation for Constitutional Tort under SLPs

The Supreme court confronted substantial analysis for granting damages under article 32 however not under article 136. It was contended that supplication for pay under article 136, if not higher in merit, is at equivalent balance with that of article 32.

However, this was not generally a case. In the State of Haryana v Smt. Santra, when the sterlisation fizzled and the lady gave birth to a baby, the suit for pay was permitted as a SLP and the Supreme Court dismissed the resistance of sovereign insusceptibility.

The Court held "the conflict with respect to vicarious liability of doctor of the government hospital cannot be accepted as a case of negligence on the part of the doctor only. As the activity was done in a government medical clinic, the hypothesis of sovereign immunity isn't pertinent".

  • Supreme Court’s approach on Constitutional Tort Issues

The Apex Court consistently took action to the degree of authorization of basic rights so as to reply on the solution for the constitutional tort. The investigation was isolated on the meaningful premise of the remuneration if there is a gross infringement of the major rights. As Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall commented " the Government of the United States has been constantly seen as the government of laws and not of man", in India likewise the equivalent was the case when the government's utilizing constitutional arrangements and by applying the protection of sovereign immunity continued abusing the fundamental rights.

The court in Rudal Shah opined "the plaintiff has the privilege to remuneration if there is an infringement of their major rights alongside punishing the specialists which acting for the sake of open intrigue, utilize their forces as a shield to keep themselves from investigation."

At a later stage, subsequent to granting pay in Devki Nandan case for intentional and roused badgering of the plaintiff, the court established the doctrine of appropriate cases in Sebastian Hungry and Bhim Singh. In this way, in M.C. Mehta, the complete doctrine of Constitutional Tort was set up alongside the introduction of deep pocket theory.


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