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Court suggested a system of regular counseling and guidance for officers to ensure they are up to date with recent decisions and issues. Circulars may be issued for this purpose, providing a structured approach to disseminating information on court rulings, court said
The Allahabad High Court has issued a reminder to state functionaries and officers regarding the importance of staying informed about recent court decisions. The court emphasized that such awareness is crucial to avoid frivolous litigation that can clog the judicial system unnecessarily.
This reminder comes in the wake of a recent petition challenging the recovery process under Section 27 (Surcharge) of the UP Panchayat Raj Act. The petitioner argued that the inquiry leading to the recovery order did not follow the mandated procedure, specifically the involvement of the Chief Audit Officer.
The bench of Justice Manju Rani Chauhan stated, "This Court has noticed that time and again such petitions are being filed by the petitioners taking the ground that Chief Audit Officer has not conducted the inquiry. Therefore, the inquiry conducted is vitiated under law as well as the observations made in the case of Dinesh Kumar (supra). Such type of petitions are wasting precious time of the Courts."
In view of the above, the bench opined that the court tended to explicate the unwelcoming experience over the frivolous petitions as the roster of the court was clogged owing to the ignorant attitudes being employed by responsible government functionaries in most of the matters, wherein the issue involved had already been dealt with extensively by the court pronouncing its verdict.
"A care note, if exercised by the government authorities, would not only ease the unnecessary burden of frivolous litigation but will also keep the persons away from wasting their energy and money as well as Court’s time on the issues, adjudicated earlier. Such act drains the funds of public exchequer that too of no significant avail," the bench added.
In response to this case, the court stressed the need for government officials to be aware of recent court rulings. The court suggested a system of regular counseling and guidance for officers to ensure they are up to date with recent decisions and issues. Circulars may be issued for this purpose, providing a structured approach to disseminating information on court rulings, bench suggested.
Furthermore, court underscored the essential role of State Law Officers who are tasked with protecting the state's interests. These legal professionals, appointed by the state, can play a significant role in educating their peers about recent court decisions, thereby reducing the unnecessary burden on the judicial system and preserving its precious time, court said.
In conclusion, the Allahabad High Court's directive emphasizes that staying informed about recent court decisions is not only a professional duty but also a means to reduce unnecessary legal proceedings. This initiative is expected to enhance the efficiency of the judicial system and prevent avoidable litigation.
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