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"Completely Beyond Powers Of Constitutional Court"; Madras High Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Installation Of Dr. Ambedkar's Statue:

Sparsh Upadhyay
4 March 2021 3:02 PM GMT
Completely Beyond Powers Of Constitutional Court; Madras High Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Installation Of Dr. Ambedkars Statue:
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It would be appreciated if the Court's time is not wasted like this and the Court is allowed to take up the other pressing matters instead: Madras High Court

Expressing its hope that the Court's time shouldn't be wasted like this, the Madras High Court recently dismissed a plea seeking directions to the respondents to permit the petitioner to the installation of a statue of Dr. Ambedkar at Traffic Island at Light House Corner in Karur District. The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice R. Hemalatha further observed, "It...

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Expressing its hope that the Court's time shouldn't be wasted like this, the Madras High Court recently dismissed a plea seeking directions to the respondents to permit the petitioner to the installation of a statue of Dr. Ambedkar at Traffic Island at Light House Corner in Karur District.

The Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice R. Hemalatha further observed,

"It is completely beyond the ordinary powers of a Court, even a constitutional Court, to direct the administration to install any particular Statue at any particular place."

Significantly, the Court also remarked,

"It would be appreciated if the Court's time is not wasted like this and the Court is allowed to take up the other pressing matters instead."

In another order, wherein a plea sought directions to the respondents to restore passenger rolling gates on the north-eastern and north-western side of an obstructing wall at the Karaikudi bus stand, the Madras HC issued some pertinent observations.

The Court said that it can hardly be expected of the High Court, no less, to look into the matters pertaining to ingress and egress at every bus stand all over the State.

Significantly, the Court further observed,

"The present trend, whether it is borne out of political ambitions or professional reasons, to approach the High Court with a complaint of an encroachment in tiniest part of a remote village or to deal with the access to a bus terminus or to consider the bus timings at a particular stop adds to the pendency of matters and impede the Court's function."

As a consequence, the Court noted, matters of the larger public interest that require the Court's attention may get neglected.

Notably, the Court also said,

"It is unfortunate that a degree of restraint that ought to be exercised at the Bar and the filter that ought to be carried out by the Bar may have been lost or surrendered its efficacy."

With this, both the petitions were dismissed.

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