Constitution of India- Art. 21 - Right to life - Bore wells - Right to dig - can be restrained only by law - Underground water.

Right to life enshrined in Art.21 means that right to live includes all those aspects of life which go to make mans' life meaningful, complete and worth living. The word law as used in Art.21 would not include mere executive or departmental instructions which have no statutory basis. Therefore, the right to dig bore-wells to draw underground water can be restricted or regulated only by an Act of the legislature. [Puttappa Honnappa Talavar vs Deputy Commissioner. AIR 1998 Kant 10 = 1997(3) Kant LJ 136 .G.C.Bharuka {J}]