H N PATRO Vs. MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
H N Patro
MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING
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(1.)Special leave granted.
(2.)Heard learned counsel for the parties. We are of the opinion that the order of that central Administrative tribunal was not open to challenge before the High court. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which is a wing of the Union of India, would be presumed to be aware of the provisions contained in the Administrative tribunals Act, 1985 which read with Article 323-A of the Constitution of India, bars the jurisdiction of the High court and, therefore, it should not have gone before the High court invoking exercise of its jurisdiction. The High court should also have been careful to satisfy itself that it had jurisdiction to deal with the matter, and make an order nullifying the direction of the tribunal.
(3.)The learned Attorney General concedes, we hold that the concession is right, that the High court had no jurisdiction to deal with the matter. The appeal is allowed and the impugned order of the High court is side with costs of Rs 5000.
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