Thursday, February 29, 2024

Patna High Court dismisses PIL against embezzlement of government money

The Patna High Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against embezzlement of government money.

The petitioner claimed to be a public spirited person who wishes to take up cudgels against the 5th respondent who is also stated to be a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

It is the allegation of the petitioner that the society has taken up cleaning work of Jehanabad, which has been entrusted to it by the local self- government institution, the Municipality. It is the claim of the petitioner that the original members who formed the society are no longer in the management and that some other persons had taken it over thus resulting in embezzlement of government money.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice K. Vinod Chandran and Justice Madhuresh Prasad held that the petitioner seems to be more concerned with the working of the society than affected by the cleaning work outsourced to the society by the Municipality. If there is some complaint against the society, the petitioner has to first take up his remedies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

“We do not see any public interest in the above writ petition which is filed only being motivated by the enmity nurtured by the petitioner against the society and its members. We find no reason to invoke the extraordinary discretionary remedy under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.

The writ petition stands dismissed”, the order reads.


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