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Rajasthan HC dismisses PIL filed on shoddy road work

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The Rajasthan High Court recently dismissed a PIL observing that unless the cause is serious and touches a sizeable section of citizens, the Court cannot get into the minor administration and integrity of running the administration.

The PIL had alleged that in a certain section of roads in the town of Bundi, the work carried out by the contractor is extremely inferior as a result of which there is water logging and serious damage to the road.

The PIL filed by one Lokesh Thakur sought a direction to State authorities to take action against the contractor and to stop all payments.

The Jaipur Division Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice Sameer Jain was of the view that for such reasons, public interest jurisdiction should not and cannot be exercised.

The Bench observed that the administration is entrusted to the State Government and other institutions of local self governance. The Court is entrusted with the judicial duties. Accepting the request of the petitioner would completely amount to role reversal.

“Unless the cause is serious and touches the sizeable section of the citizens, the Court cannot get into the minor administration and integrity of running the administration. The petitioner must ventilate his grievances before the authorities or the elected members of the democratic institutions. Petition is dismissed,” the order reads.

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