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The Constitutional Court judgment of Dipak Patel v. The Minister of Finance and the Attorney General dealt with an application by Dipak Patel who sought, inter alia, a declaration that the failure by the Minister of Finance to bring all public debt that was contracted by the Executive to the National Assembly for approval was contrary to the Constitution. This case review seeks to provide a lucid and clear analysis of the Constitutional Court judgment, discussing the soundness of the court’s reasoning and approach to the issue of how public debt should be contracted.