Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Calcutta High Court dismisses a PIL on irregularities in contract of construction for BDO office in Farakka

The Calcutta High Court recently dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) raising the grievance of certain irregularities in the award of contract for the purpose of construction of office building at New Farakka BDO Office Campus under Beniagram Gram Panchayat under Farakka Development Block.

The PIL has been filed by Sk. Ajarat Ali.

Having perused the record, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj found that no material particular of any alleged irregularities have been disclosed in the petition nor any supporting documents have been enclosed except by enclosing one representation by the petitioner.

During the course of hearing, counsel for the petitioner has fairly stated that the petitioner was earlier the highest bidder but the said fact has not been disclosed in the petition.

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If the petitioner was the highest bidder or one of the participants in this or earlier tender, then it is a matter of personal cause therefore PIL cannot be maintained and even otherwise the said fact ought not to have been suppressed by the petitioner, observed the Court.

“Having regard to the above circumstances, we do not find any reason to entertain the present petition which is accordingly dismissed. We, however, make it clear that this order of dismissal will not prevent the petitioner to avail the other remedy, if available in law”

-the order reads.


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