NAGAR PALIKA PARISHAD,ROORKEE AND OTHERS Vs. STATE OF UTTARANCHAL AND OTHERS
HIGH COURT OF UTTARAKHAND
Nagar Palika Parishad,Roorkee and Others
State of Uttaranchal and others
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ASHOK A.DESAI, J. -
(1.)THE petitioners have questioned the legislative competence of the State in enacting as well the constitutional validity of reviving original Section 10-AA and further (sic) in U.P. Municipalities Act, 1916, by Uttranachall Act No. 1 of 2001. The impugned provisions read as thus : -
“10-AA. Temporary provisions regarding administration of a Board until a new Board is constituted. - (1) Where in circumstances other than those mentioned in Section 11, the term or the extended term of the Board has expired and a new Board has not been constituted, then until the due constitution of the new Board : - (a) All powers, functions and duties of the Board its President and Committees shall be vested in and be exercised, performed and discharged by an administrator appointed in that behalf by the State Government (hereinafter referred to as the Administrator), and the Administrator shall be deemed in law to be the Board, the President or the Committee, as the occasion may require..........(Original) : Provided further that the Administrator appointed under this section shall have a term not exceeding six months or after the new Board is constituted, whichever is earlier” : (Added)
The prologue to challenge is thus : - The original Section 10-AA, as it then stood, conferred unbridled power on the Government in the matter of appointment of the Administrator in absence of prescription of any time-limit. The Division Bench of Allahabad High Court by judgment dated 20-9-1999 in Anurag Narayan Singh, (1992) 1 UPLBEC 170, struck down original Section 10-AA of the U.P. Municipalities Act, 1916 (U.P. Act No. 11 of 1916) holding the same as ultra vires and repugnant to the spirit of Local Self-Government. The U.P. Legislation by Act No. 12 of 1994 deleted the said Section 10-AA from the Statute Book.
(2.)THE Uttaranchal has been carved out from the erstwhile State of Uttar Pradesh. On November 9, 2000 it has attained the statehood. The State of Uttaranchal initially by Ordinance No. 2 of 2000 on 11-12-2000 revived Section 10-AA incorporating the proviso therewith. Proviso stipulated that the terms of the Administrator appointed under Section 10-AA in any case shall not exceed more than six months. Subsequently the Ordinance was converted into Act No. 1 of 2001.
Elections of Municipal Board of Hardwar and Roorkee were held on 29-12-1995 and 30-12-1995 respectively. The normal period of five years expired in first week of January 2001. For constitution of new Board, the election became due before expiry of the said period. Since new Municipal Board could not be constituted. Administrator was appointed by order dated 11-12-2000 from 1-1-2001 in exercise of the power under the impugned proviso.
(3.)ACCORDING to petitioners, the revival of Section 10-AA amounts to a legislative overruling of a judicial verdict in Anurag Narayan Singh's case which is beyond legislative competence, abuse of legislative exercise and offending to the constitutional scheme. The same is therefore, liable to be struck down.
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