not relied upon the report submitted by the Mandai Revenue
Officer, On the other hand, the District Collector placed heavy
reliance upon the report submitted by the Mandai Revenue
Officer. In such view of the matter, it is clear that the impugned
order is violative of principles of natural justice. The impugned
order is untenable and unsustainable and the same is ac-
However, it shall be open to the respondents, if they so
desire to proceed with the inquiry pursuant to the show-cause
notice dated: 22-12-1990 by providing reasonable opportu-
nity to the petitioner. The respondents are directed to make a
copy of the report dated: 19-10-1990 submitted by the Mandai
Revenue Officer, Jarugumalli, which is admittedly against the
petitioner. The petitioner shall be entitled to raise his objec-
tion with regard to the said report and the same shall betaken
into consideration by the respondents. It shall also be open
to the petitioner to lead evidence as he may wish to do so in
support of his defence.
It is brought to my notice that the petitioner has already
retired from service on attaining the age of superannuation.
It is for the respondents to decide as to whether they would
still like to proceed against the petitioner in the matter. I do
not propose to express any opinion on this aspect of the
Accordingly, the writ petition is allowed to the extent in-
dicated. There shall be no order as to costs.