Whether after admission, the Writ Petition could be dismissed on the ground of alternate remedy?

Supreme Court held that after admission, the Writ Petition could not be dismissed on the ground of alternate remedy.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of Genpact India Private Limited vs. Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax & Anr. dealt with an issue similar to State of U.P. vs. U.P. Rajya Khanij Vikas Nigam Sangharsh Samiti & Ors. that whether after admission, the Writ Petition could not be dismissed on the ground of alternate remedy.

With respect to the learned Judge, it is neither the legal position nor such a proposition has been laid down in Suresh Chandra Tewari that once a petition is admitted, it cannot be dismissed on the ground of alternative remedy. It is no doubt correct that in the headnote of All India Reporter (p. 331), it is stated that “petition cannot be rejected on the ground of availability of alternative remedy of filing appeal”. But it has not been so held in the actual decision of the Court. The relevant para 2 of the decision reads thus: (Suresh Chandra Tewari case, AIR p. 331).

It has been so held even by this Court in several cases that even if alternative remedy is available, it cannot be held that a writ petition is not maintainable. In our judgment, however, it cannot be laid down as a proposition of law that once a petition is admitted, it could never be dismissed on the ground of alternative remedy. If such bald contention is upheld, even this Court cannot order dismissal of a writ petition which ought not to have been entertained by the High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution in view of availability of alternative and equally efficacious remedy to the aggrieved party, once the High Court has entertained a writ petition albeit wrongly and granted the relief to the petitioner.

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