After the Emergency ended in 1977, the first non-Congress government at the Centre, headed by the Janata Party, dismissed state governments headed by Congress chief ministers and dissolved the assemblies on the ground that they had lost the people’s mandate. The matter was carried to the Supreme Court in the State of Rajasthan v. Union of India. A seven-judge bench dismissed the petition on several preliminary grounds, including its refusal to get into the thicket of political questions. Some judges even held that presidential satisfaction in invoking Article 356 of the Constitution was not justiciable. Gandhi’s return to the Centre in 1980 saw her return the favour by dismissing Janata Party state governments. This action went unchallenged in the courts in the wake of the Rajasthan judgment.