Railways most litigious department, doesn’t accept any orders: Delhi High Court

"Problem is Railways does not accept any order of anyone. Your trains are running slow, your tracks are dirty and you do not have the political will to deal with it. You are carrying on at 40 km per hour, you carry on like that," the court said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2017 8:32 pm
railways, indian railways, Delhi High Court, indian railways Delhi High Court, railways Delhi High Court, india news The court issued notice to the corporation and the Delhi government seeking their stand on the Railways’ plea seeking quashing of the attachment order of June 7.

The Delhi High Court on Friday rapped the Indian Railways on its functioning saying it was the “most litigious department” which was not even respecting circulars of a central ministry. “Problem is Railways does not accept any order of anyone. That is why you are the most litigious department. Your trains are running slow, your tracks are dirty and you do not have the political will to deal with it. You are carrying on at 40 km per hour, you carry on like that,” the court said.

The strong words by the high court came while hearing a plea by the Railways challenging an attachment order issued by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) demanding Rs 48.73 crore as service charge for servicing railway staff colonies. The court issued notice to the corporation and the Delhi government seeking their stand on the Railways’ plea seeking quashing of the attachment order of June 7.

According to the corporation, its order was based on a circular of the Ministry of Urban Development that said if the corporations are providing all services, normally provided to residents of other areas, in a government colony then service charge equivalent to 75 per cent of the property tax has to be paid to the MCDs. The Railways has contended that its colonies are entirely self sufficient and hence it has to pay only 33 and one-third per cent of the property tax. It further told the court that it has already paid Rs 9 crore to the NDMC.

The bench, however, was not swayed by the arguments as it said that “ordinary citizens who get zero services from the MCDs still pay their taxes”. “Secretary, Urban Development (in his circular) has said that pay 75 per cent. So you have to respect that. It is apparent that you do not follow anyone’s orders,” it said and added “there cannot be a civil war between Railways and the MCD”.

The court said the attachment order would be vacated only after the Railways pays 50 per cent of the amount demanded by the corporation and listed the matter for hearing on August 30. The bench passed the order after the lawyer for the Railways said the officials present in court cannot give an undertaking that payment of 50 per cent of amount would be made in four weeks. “Give the undertaking and we will vacate the attachment order,” the bench said.

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    P d amarnath
    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm
    The honourable high court of Delhi has rightly pointed out the litigious nature of railways. This is true for all the government departments. The only other option is to privatise the railways also, which may not be easy for any government for political reasons.
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      Ankit
      Jun 24, 2017 at 6:54 pm
      Railways is the . One of the best . Govt dept .. do not say that railways does not accept any orders they doing best pride of Indian railways
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        Raman
        Jun 24, 2017 at 5:39 am
        Well said.
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          Gopal
          Jun 24, 2017 at 12:01 am
          The court does not understand that the problems faced by Railways are systemic problems. Asking the tracks to be cleaned will not automatically get them clean. Just as asking the courts to get rid of the massive backlogs will do nothing.
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            Rajesh
            Jun 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm
            What to understand by court? Is there systematic planning of railways? Study / compare the Web designed of other units and designed by cris for their department. If nice then work over a single day.
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            TIHAEwale
            Jun 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm
            good that HC Delhi realised that Railways is a law by themselves at the same time court should not spare Muni l Corporation which is worse than railways
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              Rajanna
              Jun 23, 2017 at 9:20 pm
              Bommasandra ESIC SRO is typically like Railways. Does not see any sense and keep wasting time in futile correspondence pertaining to Court orders. Does not implement any of the orders. It is an high handed dept. with high handed employees. Concerned. Dept,.,should seek action taken report about the various orders received by the dept. Govt. should suspend officials who are slack in implementing Orders.
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                Basheer
                Jun 23, 2017 at 9:13 pm
                Even ESIC dept. Is like Railways , does not respect any ones Orders.
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