Decided on November 01,1963



- (1.)A common question as to whether the scheme as approved by the Government, a copy is marked as Ext. P. 4 in each of the writ applications, which has been published under S.68D(3) of the Motor Vehicles Act, should be struck down as there has been no compliance with S.68D(2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1939, arises for consideration in these writ applications. S.68D(2) is in these terms:
"(2) The State Government may, after considering the objections and after giving an opportunity to the objector or his representatives and the representatives of the State Transport Undertaking to be heard in the matter, if they so desire, approve or modify the scheme."

(2.)The Chief Minister of the State, who has been empowered to do so heard the objections. The complaint of counsel appearing for the petitioners is that the scheme, as evidenced by Ext. P. 4 in each of these cases, does not disclose that the Chief Minister had heard their objections, and what is more important, that he has not given any reasons for rejecting the objections raised by the petitioners.
(3.)The matter seems to be concluded by the observations of the Supreme Court in a decision reported in H. C. Narayanappa v. State of Mysore ( AIR 1960 SC 1073 ). Mr. Justice Shah said in Para.14 of the judgment:
"The argument that the Chief Minister" did not give 'genuine consideration' to the objections raised by operators to the scheme in the light of the conditions prescribed has no force. The order of the Chief Minister discusses the questions of law as well as questions of fact. There is no specific reference in the order to certain objections which were raised in the reply filed by the objectors, but we are, on that account, unable to hold that the Chief Minister did not consider those objections. The guarantee conferred by S.68D of the Motor Vehicles Act upon persons likely to be affected by the intended scheme is a guarantee of an opportunity to put forth their objections and to make representations to the State Government against the acceptance of the scheme. This opportunity of making representations and of being heard in support thereof may be regarded as real only if in the consideration of the objections there is a judicial approach. But the Legislature does not contemplate an appeal to this court against the order passed by the State Government approving or modifying the scheme. Provided the authority invested with the power to consider the objections gives an opportunity to the objectors to be heard in the matter and deals with the objections in the light of the object intended to be secured by the scheme, the ultimate order passed by that authority is not open to challenge either on the ground that another view may possibly have been taken on the objections or that detailed reasons have not been given for upholding or rejecting the contentions raised by the objectors."


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