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N.Muthukumarasamy v. The District Collector - W.P.NO.1496 OF 1997  RD-TN 872 (12 November 2002)
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS
THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE P.K. MISRA
W.P.NO.1496 OF 1997
N.Muthukumarasamy .. Petitioner -Vs-
1. The District Collector,
Tirunelveli Kattabomman District,
2. The Revenue Divisional Officer/
Sub Collector, Tenkasi,
Tirunelveli Kattabomman District.
3. The Revenue Divisional Officer,
4. Life Insurance Corporation of India,
rep. by its Senior Divisional Manager,
Madurai 625 002. .. Respondents Petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India for the issuance of Writ of Mandamus as stated therein.
For Petitioner : Mr.N. Kannadasan
For Respondent 1-3 : Mrs.N.G. Kalaiselvi,
Special Govt. Pleader
Respondent-4 : Mr.M. Jagadeesan
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Heard the learned counsels appearing for the parties. In this writ petition, the petitioner has prayed for issuing a writ directing the respondents to forbear from proceeding with the verification of the community status of the petitioner.
2. A community certificate was issued in favour of the petitioner on 18.1.1984 by the Tahsildar, Madurai. Subsequently on the basis of such community certificate, the petitioner was appointed as Stenographer under Life Insurance Corporation, the respondent No.4. It has been stated in the petition that the petitionerís father, who was a resident of Tirunelveli District, was employed under Railways on the basis that he belongs to Kattunaicken community, which was considered as Scheduled Tribe in the entire State of Tamil Nadu. The petitionerís father entered into service in August, 1951. The petitioner was born in Madurai district and as such he obtained community certificate from the Revenue authorities in Madurai district. The question having been raised by the employer before the Revenue Divisional Officer, Tirunelveli, an enquiry was conducted by such Revenue Divisional Officer, who submitted his report dated 21.1.1995 addressed to the District Collector, Tirunelveli stating that the petitioner belongs to Kattunaicken community. Keeping in view the aforesaid aspects, the petitioner prays that there is no further necessity to enquire into the matter afresh and the petitioner is being unnecessarily harassed.
3. The learned counsel for the petitioner has placed reliance upon the decisions reported in 1998 LW 105 (S.P. SAKTHI DEVI v. THE COLLECTOR OF SALEM, SALEM AND 3 OTHERS) and 2002(1) CTC 403 (Dr.Ve. MANOHAR Vs. THE DISTRICT COLLECTOR, SIVAGANGAI DISTRICT AND ANOTHER). The assertion that the petitionerís father was employed on the footing that he belonged to Kattunaicken community way-back in 1951 is not denied. The materials on record and also the subsequent correspondence from the railway authorities to the Revenue Divisional Officer, Tirunelveli district indicate that the petitionerís father was employed under Railways as he belonged to Kattunaicken community.
4. In the counter-affidavit filed on behalf of the State it has been indicated that since objections had been received from the Association, the question had been raised and the enquiry was conducted.
5. After going through the materials on record and the averments made in the petition and the counter, I am of the view that the question raised now is covered by two decisions cited by the learned counsel for the petitioner. It is obvious that the petitioner is being subjected to repeated enquiries without valid justification. This conclusion is strengthened by the fact that about half century back, the father of the petitioner was considered to be a member of Kattunaicken community.
6. For the aforesaid reasons, the writ petition is allowed. However, there would be no order as to costs.
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