The Karnataka High Court has given the decision that the Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) also maintains quasi-judicial authorities and is authorised to arbitrate upon the rights of the parties, can only use those powers himself and cannot transfer it to any other authority.
Justice M Nagaprasanna while determining a petition filed by one Chitrakala said,
“Manifold powers, duties and obligations are determined upon the Commissioner in words of the Act, a few of them are quasi-judicial in character as the Commissioner is authorised to settle upon the rights of the parties. Adjudication upon the rights of the parties cannot but be a power that is quasi-judicial in nature. Accordingly, quasi-judicial power will have to be executed only by such an officer who is authorised to practice and not by any other authority.”
Case Title: Chitrakala v. State of Karnataka Case No: Writ Petition No.14459/2019
Date of Order: 28th Day of July 2021
Coram: Justice M. Nagaprasanna