Any Order Having Civil Consequences Must Satisfy Principles Of Natural Justice: Allahabad High Court

Posted On - 14 October, 2023 • By - King Stubb & Kasiva

The Allahabad High Court has ruled that once a person has been appointed to a position, they have a vested right to continue in that role, and any decision with civil consequences should only be made after providing them with an opportunity to be heard. In a case involving the cancellation of a petitioner’s appointment as a Sub Inspector in the Civil Police due to the alleged concealment of past criminal proceedings, the petitioner argued that the criminal proceedings occurred when he was a minor and was unaware of them. The state’s counsel claimed deliberate concealment. The court found that the petitioner had yet to be given a chance to be heard before the appointment was canceled, and as a result, the order was deemed flawed. The court allowed the writ petition and granted the state the option to issue a new ruling by the principles of natural justice.