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Karnataka HC dismisses PIL questioning appointment of metrology inspector

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The Karnataka High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) questioning the appointment of private respondents to the post of Inspector of Legal Metrology.

The PIL was filed by one who holds the substantive post of Inspector of legal Metrology and is an Executive Chairman of Association of Karnataka State Legal Metrology Inspectors.

On perusal of the petition , the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice S. Vishwajith Shetty found that no public spirited antecedents of the petitioner have been disclosed in the petition.

The petitioner had approached the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal by filing an application which was dismissed by an order dated 14.02.2022, the Court noted.

The petitioner has stated that he was constrained to approach the High Court by way of the PIL.

In addition, the petitioner himself holds the post of Inspector Legal Metrology and is Chairman of Association of Karnataka State Legal Metrology Inspections. The petitioner can seek a writ of quo warranto, however, in our considered opinion the Public Interest Litigation at the instance of the petitioner is not maintainable. The same is accordingly dismissed, observed the Bench.

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