State Liability in Tort

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The concept of the State has undergone a vast transformation from a form of political organisation to that of an entity that closely interacts with its citizens in a number of areas. In its interactions with citizens, the State can affect the lives of people, sometimes causing harm to their lives and property through the wrongdoing of its servants. In this report, Vidhi Fellows Debanshu Mukherjee and Anjali Anchayil examine the law on State liability for tortious acts of the State’s servants. The report traces the evolution of Indian law, studies the law in practice and relies on international best practices to underscore the need for large-scale reforms.