Dr. Harey Shyam vs Union Of India (Uoi) And Ors. on 11 November, 2003

Jharkhand High Court
Dr. Harey Shyam vs Union Of India (Uoi) And Ors. on 11 November, 2003
Equivalent citations: 2003 (4) JCR 666 Jhr
Author: M Eqbal
Bench: M Eqbal

JUDGMENT

M.Y. Eqbal, J.

1. Heard the parties.

2. The petitioner has prayed for quashing the bill dated 11.9.1995 issued by the respondent Telecom Department for the period of 1.7.1995 to 31.8.1995. The case of the petitioner is that during the aforesaid period the telephone connection remained dead and the connection was not restored despite various oral and written reminders send by the petitioner to the respondents.

3. From perusal of the orders time to time passed by this Court. It appears that on 13.2.97 the respondents were directed to furnish the details of the calls availed by the petitioner from 1.7.1995 to 31.8.1995; For the non-compliance of the aforesaid order the Telecom District Manager was directed to appear in person before this Court. In the supplementary affidavit filed by the District Telecom Manager it was stated that it was not possible to furnish the details of the calls allegedly made by the petitioner during the said period. In the counter affidavit filed by the respondents it has been admitted that during the aforesaid period there was fault in the telephone connection for some days details of which have been shown in Annexure-A to the counter affidavit. Prima facie therefore, it appears that there had been interruption and fault in the telephone connection during the aforementioned period. The respondents as directed by this Court failed to submit the details of the calls, if any, made by the petitioner during the aforesaid period. In absence of any positive evidence brought by the respondents on record prima fade the bill appears to be wholly illegal and arbitrary. The impugned bill is therefore quashed.

4. This writ application is accordingly allowed and the impugned bill is quashed.

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