Kesavananda Bharati, a petitioner in a case that led to the Supreme Court evolving the celebrated doctrine of the basic structure of the Constitution, died here on Sunday.

Police said the 79-year old Kerala-based seer Kesavananda Bharati Sripadagalvaru died at the Edaneer Mutt here due to age-related ailments.

“As per the information with us, he passed away at around 3.30 AM on Sunday,” police told PTI.

The case in which Bharati had challenged a Kerala Land Reform Act nearly four decades ago set the principle that the Supreme Court is the guardian of the basic structure of the Constitution and the verdict involved 13 judges the largest bench ever to sit in the apex court.


The case of Kesavananda Bharati vs the State of Kerala was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the most prolonged proceedings ever to have taken place in the supreme

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