ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ministers Are Trustees

In September 1996, a Bench of the Supreme Court quashed 15 scandalous allotments of petrol pumps by Satish Sharma, then minister of state for petroleum and natural gas, and ordered him to pay exemplary damages. But in August 1999, another Bench of the Court held the ruling to have been serious miscarriage of justice, completely overlooking the court's own ruling and misstated the law on 'misfeasance in public office' with grave consequences. This ruling in Satish Sharma's case is against a strong trend of accountability of the state to the law and deserves speedily to be overruled.

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