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Registry Can’t Raise Objections On Maintainability Even If Alternative Remedy Available, High Court’s Discretion To Exercise Powers Under Article 227: Madras HC

[26 January 2022] In civil revision petitions filed challenging an order passed by Coimbatore Principal District Munsiff, Madras High Court has held that the power to issue writ under Article 226 or Article 227 is subject to the court’s discretion even when an alternative remedy is available. The alternative remedy in itself won’t constitute a bar for the High Court to exercise its revisional powers under Article 227. The court also made a clarification that the Registry shouldn’t have queried about the maintainability of the revision petitions in light of alternative remedy under Order XLIII Rule 1(r) of the Code of Civil Procedure, as against the order passed in the interim application by the Munsiff. Registry does not have such powers to raise objections on the ground of availability of alternative remedy under the Code of Civil Procedure or under any other statute.

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