Karnataka High Court Yallappa S/O. Basappa Dasankoppa vs The State Of Karnataka on 5 June, 2014Author: A.N.Venugopala Gowda
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KARNA TAKA DHARWAD BENCH
DATED TH IS THE 5 T H DAY OF JUNE 2014 BEFORE
THE HON’BLE MR.JUS TICE A.N.VENUGOPALA GOWDA WRIT PETITION NOS.105475-105481/2014 (CS-EL/M) BETWEEN
1. YALLAPPA S/O. BASAPPA DASANKOPPA AGE: 51 YEARS , OCC: AGRICULTU RE R/O. HIRE HONALLI, TQ: KALAGH TAGI, DIST: DHARWAD
S/O. BASANAGOUDA BHARMANNAVAR
AGE: 48 YEARS , OCC: AGRICULTU RE R/O. MAKRI, TQ: HIREKERUR
3. SURESHCHANDRA S/O. KRISHNA HEGDE AGE: 48 YEARS , OCC: AGRICULTU RE R/O. BAIRUMBE, TQ: SHIRSI
DIST: U TTA R KANNADA
4. LAKSMINARAYAN S/O. KRISHNA HEGDE AGE: 57 YEARS , OCC: AGRICULTU RE R/O. BIDARKHAN, TQ : S IDDAPUR DIST: U TTA R KANNADA
5. SHANKAR @ SHANKARAPPA
S/O. VEERAPPA MUGAD
AGE: 48 YEARS , OCC: AGRICULTU RE R/O. SHIVALLI, TQ & DIS T: DHARWAD
6. BASAVARAJ S/O. NEELAPPA ARABAGOND AGE: 48 YEARS , OCC: AGRICULTU RE R/O. KA TENHALLI, TQ & DIS T: HAVERI :2:
7. VIRUPAXAPPA S./O. BASAVANTAPPA VIJAPUR AGE: 63 YEARS , OCC: AGRICULTU RE R/O. BASAVANAL, TQ: SHIGGAON,
(BY SRI F.V.PA TIL, ADVOCA TE.) AND
1. THE S TA TE OF KARNA TAKA R/BY ITS PRINCIPAL S ECRETA RY DEPT. OF CO-OPERA TION
M S BUILDING, DR. AMBEDKAR VEEDHI, BANGALORE
2. THE CO-OPERA TIVE ELECTION COMMISSION R/BY ITS ELECTION COMMISSIONER IIND FLOOR, KARIYAPPA ROAD,
3. THE REGIS TRAR OF CO-OPERA TIVE SOCIETIES, ALI ASKAR ROAD, BANGALORE
4. THE ASSIS TANT COMMISSIONER AND THE RETURNING OFFICER
FOR HOLDING ELECTIONS TO THE
PRESIDENT OF DHARWAD, HAVERI, GADAG, UTTAR KANNADA DIS TRICT MILK UNION DHARWAD
5. DHARWAD, HAVERI, GADAG,
UTTAR KANNADA DIS TRICT MILK UNION DHARWAD
R/BY ITS MANAGING DIRECTOR
6. THE JOINT REGISTRA R OF CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, BELGAUM DIVIS ION, BELGAUM
7. THE KARNA TAKA STA TE CO-OPERA TIVE MILK FEDERA TION
R/BY ITS MANAGING DIRECTOR
DAIRY CIRCLE BANGALORE
8. THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBANDARY R/BY ITS DIRECTOR
9. THE NA TIONAL DAIRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD R/BY ITS DIRECTOR
REGIONAL OFFICE, KORMANGALA,
(BY SRI KESHAVAREDDY, AGA, FOR RESPONDENTS 1, 3, 4, 6 AND 8,
SRI. HEMANTHKUMAR L. HAVARGI, ADVOCATE, FOR R.2,
SRI K.L.PATIL, ADVOCATE, FOR R.5, AND R.9, SRI M .C.KO TTURSHETTAR, ADVOCATE, FOR R.7.) THESE WRIT PETITIONS ARE FILED UNDER ARTICLES 226 AND 227 OF THE CONS TITU TION OF INDIA, PRAYING TO:
A) DECLARE THAT “BYE-LAW NO.14.2(C) JOINT REGIS TRAR OF CO-OPERA TIVE SOCIETIES , BELGAUM DIVISION, BELGAUM AND BYE LAW NO .14.2(D) THE REPRESENTA TIVE OF TH E KARNA TAKA MILK FEDERA TION AND BYE LAW NO.14.2(E) THE REPRESENTA TIVE OF TH E DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND BYE LAW NO.14.2(F) TH E REPRESENTA TIVE OF TH E NA TIONAL DAIRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD”; MAY BE S TRUCK DOWN AS IT ULTRA-VIRUS THE SECTION 28-A OF TH E KARNA TAKA STA TE CO-OPERA TIVE SOCIETIES ACT, 1959 AND ALSO ARTICLE 243-ZH OF THE CONSTITU TION OF INDIA;
B) QUASH THE IMPUGNED DECLARA TION OF LIS T OF DIRECTORS DTD .NIL, VIDE ANNEXU RE-A SO FAR IT RELA TES TO INCLUS ION OF RESPONDENT NOS.6 TO 9 AS THE DIRECTORS OF 5 T H R ES PONDENT SOCIETY ENTITLED TO CAS T THEIR VO TE IN THE ELECTION OF THE PRES IDENT SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON 06.06.2014 ISSUED BY THE 5TH RESPONDENT, ETC.,.
THESE WRIT PETITIONS COMING ON FOR ORDERS, THIS DAY, THE COURT MADE THE FOLLOWING:
Petitioners are the directors of Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag, Uttar Kannada districts Milk Union, Dharwad. Their grievance in these writ petitions is against bye-law of 14.2(c), 14.2(d), 14.2(e) and 14.2(f) of the 5 t h respondent union, providing for representation in the Board, to the Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Belgaum Division, Karnataka Milk Federation, Department of Animal Husbandry and the National Dairy Development Board. Petitioners have sought for a declaration to strike down the said bye-laws on the ground that the same are ultra-vires of Section 28-A of the Karnataka Co-operative Societies Act, 1959 (‘ the Act’ f or short) and also Article 243-ZH of the Constitution of India. Petitioners have sought quashing of Annexure-A to the extent of including the names of the aforesaid representatives i.e., respondents 6 to 9 herein, as directors of 5th respondent union, :5:
enabling them to cast their votes in the election of the president of the 5 t h respondent, scheduled to be held on 6.6.2014.
2. At the threshold, learned Advocates appearing for the respondents raised a preliminary objection with regard to maintainability of these writ petitions, on the ground that in view of remedy of appeal under Section 106 of the Act being available, without exhausting the same, the petitioners cannot maintain the writ petitions, i.e., as against the impugned bye-law and the consequential action.
3. Sri F.V.Patil, learned Advocate for the petitioners submitted that though the statute provides for an appeal as against the amended bye-law, these writ petitions were filed on account of grave urgency, as the election is scheduled to be held on 6.6.2014 to the post of President of 5 t h society. He further submitted that the matter involves question of vital importance and hence :6:
the writ petitions may be entertained and appropriate orders passed. He did address arguments on the merit of the writ petitions. However, I do not deem it appropriate to record the contentions urged for consideration by Sri F.V.Patil, in the view the order which I propose to pass.
4. Since the impugned bye-laws can be questioned in an appeal before the Statutory Authority as provided under Section 106 of the Act, I decline to entertain these writ petitions and direct the petitioners to avail the said statutory remedy, by leaving open all contentions raised in these writ petitions for consideration and decision by the Statutory Authority in the first instance or at a later point of time, by this Court, if necessary.
5. At this stage Sri K.L.Patil, learned Advocate, on instructions of the Managing Director of 5 t h respondent society, present in the :7:
Court, submitted that the election scheduled to be held on 6.6.2014 will not be held and it has been decided to postpone the same to 10.6.2014. Submission of the learned Advocate is recorded. The Managing Director of 5 t h respondent, shall ensure that the scheduled election is postponed as stated to 10.6.2014. This arrangement is being made by keeping in view the exigency which has arisen in this case.
In the result, writ petitions are disposed of by reserving liberty to the petitioners to question the impugned amendments effected to the bye-law of 5 t h respondent society, vide Annexure-B, in an appeal under Section 106 of the Act. If the appeal is filed on 6.6.2014, accompanied by an application seeking interim orders, the statutory authority-Registrar of Co-operative Societies in Karnataka is directed to hear the application for grant of interim relief and pass orders on the same day i.e., on the date the appeal accompanied :8:
by the application for stay is filed or on the following day at any event, on or before 7.6.2014. The copy of order passed be made available to both sides, without any delay. A copy of this order be made available to Sri F.V.Patil, learned Advocate for the petitioners, Sri Keshavareddy, learned AGA and to Sri K.L.Patil, learned Advocate for respondents 5 and 9. No costs.