Conduct of public bodies has to be fair and not arbitrary; do not force citizens to approach courts : Supreme court

1st Dec

Conduct of public bodies has to be fair and not arbitrary; do not force citizens to approach courts : Supreme court

The supreme court highlighted over the point that, the conduct of a public body charged to uphold the rule of law, has to be fair and not arbitrary.
The court observed this while dismissing Gujarat maritime board's appeal against the high court judgment which allowed the writ petition filed by "Asiatic steel" court seeking refund of contract consideration of rupees 3,61,20,000/- paid by them to the board.
While upholding the high court judgment, the bench comprising justices Indira banerjee and S.ravindra bhat observed that the board's conduct or indifference in regard to the refund sought can be only on the premise that it wished the parties to approach the court, till a decision could be taken to refund the amounts received by it.
The bench referred to the supreme court observation in gramin bank v/s khazan, in which court reminded the central government, state government and other instrumentalities to take earnest efforts to resolve the disputes at their end.