What is the difference between Article 32 and Article 226 of the Indian Constitution?
Article 32 differs from Article 226. Article 32 can be invoked only for the enforcement of Fundamental Rights whereas Article 226 can be invoked not only for the enforcement of Fundamental Rights but for ‘any other purpose’ as well. This means that the Supreme Court’s power under Article 32 is restricted as compared with the power of a High Court under Article 226, for, if an administrative action does not affect a Fundamental Right, then it can be challenged only in the High Court under Article 226, and not in the Supreme Court under Article 32. The words “for any other purpose” found in Article 226 (but not in Article 32), enable a High Court to take cognizance of any matter even if no Fundamental Rights in involved.