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4) What are quasi-judicial bodies? Explain with the help of tangible examples. (250 words)

Topic: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

4) What are quasi-judicial bodies? Explain with the help of tangible examples. (250 words)

 Indian polity by Laxmikanth

Why this question:

The question is straightforward from the static portions of the GS paper II from polity section.

Key demand of the question:

Highlight the concept of quasi-judicial bodies; elaborate in detail their significance with suitable examples.


Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:


Briefly define quasi-judicial bodies.


Explain the aspects such as – 

An authority is described as quasi-judicial when it has some attributes of judicial provisions but not all. 

It has powers analogous to that of the law imposing bodies but it is not a court. 

Quasi-judicial bodies have powers of imposing laws on administrative agencies, instead of supervising over all types of disputes like courts. Their activity is restricted to the issues that concern the particular administrative agency. 

Their powers are usually limited to a particular area of expertise, such as financial markets (SEBI), human rights (NHRC), market practices (Competition Commission of India) etc. Their action may be appealed to a court of law. 

They act as an alternative justice system to lessen the burden of the courts.

Quote suitable examples.


Conclude with way forward.