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Interpretation of Statutes - April/May 2009

Question Type Question  
Long Explain the rules of construction under the General Clauses Act, 1897?
Long Explain Golden Rule of Interpretation with the help of illustrative cases.
Long What are internal aids to Interpretation of Statutes?
Long Discuss the beneficial construction of Statutes.
Problem The street Offences Act intended to clean up the streets, to enable people to walk along the streets without being molested or solicited by prostitutes. The prostitutes attracted the attention of passers by from balconies and windows. Is it a street offence? Decide
Problem Vegetables were exempted from sales tax under the Act. Sale of betel leaves were subjected to sales tax. It was contended by a vendor that betel leaves were not liable as they constituted vegetables which were exempted from sales tax. Decide
Problem Under section 489A of the IPC, counterfeiting of currency notes is a punishable offence. An accused was charged from counterfeiting of foreign currency notes. He contends that the phrase "currency notes" as used in 489-A of IPC should be restricted only to Indian Currency notes. Decide
Problem Maternity Benefit Act grants 12 weeks maternity leave with wages to a women employee. A women worker is paid wages for 72 working days excluding 12 Sundays in the 12 weeks as wageless. She claims wages for 84 days. Decide
Short Classification of Statutes
Short Literal Construction
Short Logical Construction
Short Ejusdem generis
Short Long title and Short title
Short Parliamentary Debates
Short Mischief Rule
Short Harmonious Construction
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