(1) The Supreme Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction may pass such decree or make such order as is necessary for doing complete justice in any cause or matter pending before it, and any decree so passed or order so made shall be enforceable throughout the territory of India in such manner as may be prescribed by or under any law made by Parliament and, until provision in that behalf is so made, in such manner as the President may by order prescribe.

(2) Subject to the provisions of any law made in this behalf by Parliament, the Supreme Court shall, as respects the whole of the territory of India, have all and every power to make any order for the purpose of securing the attendance of any person, the discovery or production of any documents, or the investigation or punishment of any contempt of itself.

Bullet Points on Article 142 of Constitution:

  • The Supreme Court can pass decrees or make orders to achieve complete justice in pending cases.
  • These decrees or orders are enforceable across India.
  • Enforcement methods are determined by laws made by Parliament or orders from the President until Parliament legislates on it.
  • The Supreme Court has the authority to issue orders to ensure the presence of individuals, access to documents, and investigate or penalize contempt across the entire territory of India.
  • These powers are subject to any laws created by Parliament regarding the same.
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