HC slams state for inaction on public representations

The Bombay High Court (HC) has criticised the state government for sitting on representations made by people. It said the delay was leading to litigations.

Hearing a PIL by Pune resident Rakesh Godambe against the district collector, who has allegedly not decided his representation made six months ago, a division bench of justices A M Khanwilkar and R Y Ganoo said, "We are appalled to note the laxity and indifference of the collector in not expediting the process of deciding the subject representation even after service of the writ (in HC)."

The court said the attitude of the collector was "deplorable".

It noted filing of the petition was not an impediment in deciding the matter and said such litigations could be avoided if representations were decided in a time- bound manner.

The HC directed that in cases where petitions alleging inaction were filed, officers should decide matters within four weeks of service of the petition. Failure to comply would invite departmental action, it said, and asked the collector to decide the representation in question by January 19 and report to the court.

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