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Writ of mandamus should be exercised by the HC if the government does not perform its duties [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 11 Aug 2020 1:49am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Writ of mandamus should be exercised by the HC if the government does not perform its duties [READ JUDGMENT]

In a civil appeal no. 6156/2013, Supreme court delivered a judgment on Friday ( August 7, 2020) and observed that "The High Courts exercising their jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, not only have the power to issue a Writ of Mandamus or in the nature of Mandamus, but are duty-bound to exercise such power, where the Government or public authority has failed to exercise or has wrongly exercised discretion conferred upon it by a Statute, or a rule, or a policy decision of the Government or has exercised such discretion malafide, or on irrelevant consideration. In all such cases, the High Court must issue a Writ of Mandamus and give directions to compel performance in an appropriate and lawful manner of the discretion conferred upon the Government or a public authority." 

The dispute, in this case, is related to a private road. The trust filed an application with state government and requested to correct the wrong entry which was in the name of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), but Urban Development Department rejected the application. Then a writ petition was filed at HC challenging the order passed by the Urban Development Department and held that the private land in question had vested under section 88 of Regional and Town planning act.

After which the appeal has been filed at SC and it dismissed the order of HC and observed that the land in question does not at any point in time belong to PMC. It further observed that "The… Continue Reading...

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