What is the doctrine of prospective overruling?

The doctrine of Prospective Overruling originated in the American Judicial System. It dictates that a decision made in a particular case would have operation only in the future and will not carry any retrospective effect on any past decisions. This doctrine was first invoked in India in the case of Golak Nath v. the State of Punjab by Chief justice Kokka Subba Rao.

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