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1965 AIR 491, 1964 SCR (4) 576


The University of Mysore and Anr


C. D. Govinda Rao and Anr

Date of Judgement



Gajendragadkar, P.B., Subbarao, K., Wanchoo, K.N., Ayyangar, N. Rajagopala, Mudholkar, J.R.


The appeal was recorded by C. D. Govinda Rao, in the Mysore High Court under Art. 226 of the Constitution. C.D. Govinda Rao needed by that appeal, that a writ of quo warranto ought to be given, to call upon Anniah Gowda to show the authority under which he had the position of a Research Reader in English in the Central College, Bangalore. It was additionally implored that a writ of mandamus is allowed calling upon the University of Mysore to choose him as the Research Reader.

There were sure capabilities to be selected as the exploration peruser. The capabilities are:

  1. A First or High Second Class Master’s Degree of an Indian University of an identical the capability of a Foreign University in the subject concerned;
  2. A Research Degree of a Doctorate Standard or distributed work of an elevated requirement;
  3. Ordinarily, a decade (at the very least five years regardless) experience of showing post-graduate classes and directing exploration on account of Professors and no less than five years’ insight of showing degree classes and free examination on account of Readers;
  4. The information on the local language Kannada is considered as an alluring qualification. Inclination will be given to up-and-comers who have had insight in educating and association of examination and have additionally accomplished progressed research work (1). According to him, the arrangement of Anniah Gowda to the post of Research Reader was unlawful notwithstanding the endorsed capabilities and that he was able to be named to that post.

Hence, he needed that the arrangement of Anniah Gowda ought to be subdued. He in this way requested a writ to guide the University to designate him in that post.


Whether writs of mandamus and quo warranto can be given by the court?


Mr. S. K. Venkataranga Iyengar, for the respondent, battled that the arrangement of Anniah Gowda was made in repudiation of the legal principles and statutes outlined by the college. He endeavored to contend that he had alluded to the legal principles and mandates in the High Court, in any case, sadly, the equivalent had not been referenced or examined in the judgment.

The court had painstakingly viewed as the oaths documented by both the gatherings in the current procedures and it had no delay in holding that at no stage did it seem to have been encouraged by the respondent under the watchful eye of the High Court that the sickness in the arrangement of Anniah Gowda continued from the way that the legal standards and laws made by the university had been contradicted.

The testimony documented by the respondent on the side of his request just portrayed the arrangement of Anniah Gowda as being illicit, and altogether added that the said arrangement and the disappointment the University to designate the respondent, were unlawful even with the endorsed capabilities, and these capabilities in the setting without a doubt alluded to the capabilities distributed in the warning by which the significant post had been promoted.

The court reviewed the four capabilities endorsed by the warning. The last one which connected with the information on the Kannada language was discovered not to be in question and was avoided concerning thought. The primary capability was that the candidate should have a First or a high Second-Class Master’s Degree of an Indian University or a comparable capability of an unfamiliar University in the subject concerned. Anniah Gowda got 50.2 percent marks in his Master’s Degree assessment.

It was encouraged by the respondent under the steady gaze of the High Court that when 50% is the base needed for getting a second class, it would be inactive to propose that an applicant, who acquires 50.2 percent, has gotten a high Second-Class Master’s Degree, thus the respondent argued that the main condition had not been fulfilled by the Anniah Gowda. The High Court has maintained this request. As to the subsequent capability, apparently, Anniah Gowda has gotten a degree of Master of Arts of the University of Durham. The High Court has held that as to this capability, assuming the Board took the view that the Gowda fulfilled that capability, it would not be only for the Court to vary from the assessment. At the end of the day, the High Court didn’t make a finding for the respondent concerning capability No. 2.

As to the third capability, the matter seems to have been bantered finally under the steady gaze of the High Court. The proof was driven by both the gatherings and the respondent genuinely questioning the case made by both the appellants that Gowda fulfilled the trial of five years’ insight of showing Degree classes. The High Court inspected this proof and eventually arrived at the resolution that however the material cited by the appellants on this point was inadmissible, it couldn’t make a finding for the respondent. In this association, the High Court has seriously condemned the direction of Anniah Gowda to which we will allude later.

Consequently, significantly the High Court chose to subdue the arrangement of Gowda on the ground that it was plain that he didn’t fulfill the main capability. In this association, the High Court has additionally condemned the report made by the Board and has seen that the Members of the Board didn’t seem to have applied their brains to the inquiry which they were called upon to consider.

In managing the case introduced before it by the respondent, the High Court had condemned the report made by the Board and had seen that the conditions unveiled by the report made it hard for the High Court to treat the suggestions made by the specialists with the regard that they by and large merit. Sheets of Appointments are assigned by the Universities and when suggestions made by them and the arrangements following on them, are tested under the steady gaze of courts, typically the court should do whatever it takes not to obstruct the feelings communicated by the specialists. There is no charge about mala fide against the specialists who established the current Board.

The analysis made by the High Court against the report made by the Board implied that the High Court believed that the Board was in the place of a chief power, giving a leader fiat, or was behaving like a semi-legal counsel, concluding questions alluded to it for its choices. In managing objections made by residents concerning arrangements made by scholastic bodies, similar to the Universities, such a methodology would not be sensible or suitable.

Indeed, in giving the writ, the High Court has mentioned a specific observable fact that shows that the High Court applied tests that could authentically be applied on account of the writ of certiorari. In the judgment, it has been seen that the blunder for this situation is without a doubt a manifest mistake. That is a thought which is more pertinent and applicable in a system for a writ of certiorari.

The High Court ought to have considered the issue of whether the arrangement made by the Chancellor was against any legal or restricting guideline or mandate. In doing as such, the High Court ought to have displayed due respect to the assessment communicated by the Board and its proposals which the Chancellor has acted. In this association, the High Court had neglected to see one extremely critical truth that when the Board considered the cases of the individual candidates, it inspected them cautiously and arrived at the resolution that not a single one of them should have been delegated as a Professor in the University.

These proposals made by the Board show that they considered the applicable factors cautiously and eventually reached the resolution that Anniah Gowda ought to be suggested for the post of Reader. Hence, the court fulfilled that the analysis made by the High Court against the Board and its considerations isn’t legitimized.


The requests were permitted and the request passed by the High Court was saved. The writ request recorded by the respondent was excused with costs all through. It was held that there will be one bunch of hearing charges in both the requests documented by the two appellants.


The writ of quo warranto continuing assistance in managing the cost of a legal cure by which any individual, who holds a free considerable public office or establishment or freedom, is called upon to show by what right he holds the said office, establishment or freedom, so his title to it could still up in the air, and if the finding is that the holder of the workplace has no title, he would be removed from that office by legal request.

This truly intends that at the end of the day, by the technique of quo warranto, the legal executive is provided with the ability to control the leader from arranging public office against the endorsed law. It likewise assists with shielding a resident from being denied of public office to which he has a right. These procedures likewise will quite often shield people in general from usurpers of public office, who may be permitted to proceed either with the intrigue of the
Executive or because of its indifference.

It will, accordingly, be seen that an individual needs to fulfill the court, that the work being referred to is a public office and is held by a usurper without legitimate authority before the person can adequately guarantee a writ of quo warranto. He additionally needs to demonstrate that it would unavoidably prompt the inquiry regarding whether the arrangement of the supposed usurper has been made as per law or not.

Written by Sara Agrawal student at Sinhgad Law College, Pune.

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