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226. Power of High Courts to issue certain writs.—

Notwithstanding anything in article 324***, every High Court shall have power, throughout the territories in relation to which it exercises jurisdiction, to issue to any person or authority, including in appropriate cases, any Government, within those territories directions, orders or5[writs, including writs in the nature of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo warranto and certiorari, or any of them, for the enforcement of any of the rights conferred by Part III and for any other purpose.]

(2) The power conferred by clause (1) to issue directions, orders or writs to any Government, authority or person may also be exercised by any High Court exercising jurisdiction in relation to the territories within which the cause of action, wholly or in part, arises for the exercise of such power, notwithstanding that the seat of such Government or authority or the residence of such person is not within those territories.

6    [(3) Where any party against whom an interim order, whether by way of injunction or stay or in any other manner, is made on, or in any proceedings relating to, a petition under clause (1), without—

(a) furnishing to such party copies of such petition and all documents in support of the plea for such interim order; and

(b) giving such party an opportunity of being heard,

makes an application to the High Court for the vacation of such order and furnishes a copy of such application to the party in whose favour such order has been made or the counsel of such party, the High Court shall

1.    Subs. by the Constitution (Ninety-ninth Amendment) Act, 2014, s. 9, for “the Chief Justice of a High Court for any State may at anytime, with the previous consent of the President” (w.e.f. 13-4-2015). This amendment has been struck down by the Supreme Court vide its order dated the 16th October, 2015 in the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association and Another Vs. Union of India reported in AIR 2016 SC 117.

2.    Ins. by the Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Act, 1978, s. 29 (w.e.f. 20-6.1979). Original Proviso was omitted by the Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976, s. 37 (w.e.f. 1-2-1977).

3.    Subs. by the Constitution (Forty-second Amendment) Act, 1976, s. 38 (w.e.f. 1-2-1977).

4.    The words, figures and letters “but subject to the provisions of article 131A and article 226A” omitted by the Constitution (Forty-third Amendment) Act, 1977, s. 7 (w.e.f. 13-4-1978).

5.    Subs. by the Constitution (Forty-fourth Amendment) Act, 1978, s. 30 for the portion beginning with the words “writs in the nature of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, quo warranto and certiorari, or any of them” and ending with the words “such illegality has resulted in substantial failure of justice” (w.e.f. 1-8-1979).

6.    Subs. by ibid., s. 30, for clauses (3), (4), (5) and (6).


dispose of the application within a period of two weeks from the date on which it is received or from the date on which the copy of such application is so furnished, whichever is later, or where the High Court is closed on the last day of that period, before the expiry of the next day afterwards on which the High Court is open; and if the application is not so disposed of, the interim order shall, on the expiry of that period, or, as the case may be, the expiry of the said next day, stand vacated.]

1[(4)] The power conferred on a High Court by this article shall not be in derogation of the power conferred on the Supreme Court by clause (2) of article 32.]

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