(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.

(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.

Draft Article 118 (Article 142) was debated on 27th May 1949. It stated that any decree or order passed by the Supreme Court to do complete justice was enforceable throughout the territory of India.

The Draft Article was accepted without debate and adopted by the Assembly on 27th May 1949.

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