The Lawyer’s Briefs: 8 PILs that were actually filed in Indian courts

The year is 1979. An experienced lawyer is revealing startling facts about the state of Indian prisons, in front of a stunned Supreme Court bench. The result – a judge (read Bhagwati J.) orders the release of more than 40,000 under-trial prisoners languishing in jails across India. Thus, the concept of Public Interest Litigation was born in India, but no one could have predicted the effect it would have.

Fast forward to 2014