The Karnataka High Court has held that Article 350 of the Constitution of India mandates that when a citizen raises a grievance before jurisdictional authorities, it cannot be kept unconsidered indefinitely.
This was seen in the case S.C. MAHESH v. THE STATE OF KARNATAKA (WRIT PETITION NO.16625 OF 2022). The judgment was presided over by the Coram of Justice Krishna S Dixit.
Facts of the case-
In the present case, the petitioner had approached the court after non-consideration of their representations by the Jurisdictional Authorities. They had sought some action at the hands of the authorities to ensure the free flow of devotees to the temple in question.
The respondent opposed the plea and said that the dispute is civil and that it should be presented before the Civil Court.
The High Court has held that “Our Constitution through Article 350 mandates that where a citizen raises a grievance before jurisdictional authorities, it cannot be kept unconsidered indefinitely. In similar matters, this Court has directed consideration of the grievance of the kind and therefore, petitioners cannot be discriminated against.”
The court further disposed of the petition directing the authorities concerned to consider the subject representations of the petitioners per law and inform the result of such consideration within four weeks failing which, at the next level of the legal battle heavy cost may be imposed on erring officials.
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Judgement reviewed by Alaina Fatima.