Ambiguity of Law (18th Century India)

Akash Chatterjee
Amity University

Volume II – Issue III, 2019

Indian legal system as modelled on the basis of common law system, meaning judge made precedent oriented law, was not a sudden outcome of a prevailing circumstance, rather the land had went through numerous socio-political and cultural influence thereby becoming a melting pot of varieties. It is as an outcome of these interactions that, the legal system developed. Needless to mention, colonial imperialistic British Rule had dealt a death knell to the indigenous quintessence of the land, had modified under the garb of codification the lex loci of the subcontinent. As a consequence thereof, a situation of deadlock prevailed between the initial laws and the British legal system as administered by the English East India Company.


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