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Madhya Pradesh High Court dismisses PIL seeking directions to authorities against farmers of Tikamgarh

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that was seeking direction to the respondent authority for stopping the enquiry that was initiated against the petitioner as well as the farmers belonging to Tehsil-Palera, District – Tikamgarh.

The PIL has been filed by one Mahadev Singh.

The entire case of the petitioner is that respondents may initiate proceedings and may dispossess the petitioner from the land in question and also initiate an enquiry against him for various offences. Therefore, the instant prayer to direct them to stop the enquiry.
On hearing learned counsels, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Vishal Mishra did not find any ground to interfere in this petition. The entire plea of the petitioner is based on apprehension. Even assuming an enquiry is in progress, the authorities will have to conduct the enquiry in accordance with law. If the petitioner is required for any purpose, the respondents are always entitled to question him or to proceed in accordance with law. There cannot be a writ of mandamus to direct them not to initiate or to stop an enquiry. The same is impermissible , the Bench observed. 
Hence, the High Court  found no good ground to entertain this in a Public Interest Litigation.

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