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Delhi High Court Directs Respondent To Give Representation for Adjustment of Excess License Fee Paid for Parking Site

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Facts of the Case 

The Petitioner was allotted a parking site from 02.03.2017 at a monthly license fee of Rs. 12,76,999/-. Around 50-60% of the parking site was not in operation due to Tehbazari and the installation of benches in the parking area by SDMC. Thus he requested to reduce the parking fee. 

After inspecting the competent authority decided to reduce the monthly license fee from Rs. 12,76,999/- to Rs. 9,14,440/- per month with immediate effect. The excess security deposit calculated @ Rs. 12,76,999/- was directed to be adjusted towards arrears of license fee. The perusal of the representation given by the petitioner shows that the petitioner’s grievance is about the non-adjustment of the alleged excess amount paid for the period between when the parking the site was allotted to the petitioner and till the time decision was taken by the competent authority.

The Petitioner gave a representation for adjustment for the same which was not accepted.

Statements of the Counsel


The counsel for the petitioner submits that all the submissions made by the counsel for the respondent justifying the order do not find a mention in the order. The counsel further added that the order does not contain any reason for rejecting the representation of the Petitioner. 


The counsel for the respondent submits that the decision taken by the competent authority was prospective and not retrospective and the same is evident from the letter dated 12.12.2017. He further submits that the petitioner had paid the monthly license fee till the decision was taken by the court. The petitioner is not entitled to any adjustment. He added further that after reducing the amount the petitioner defaulted in making the payment. He further submits that the first time a representation was received on 24.08.2020 seeking an adjustment of the amount paid by him for the earlier period. 

Observation of the Court

The court observed that it is a settled position of law that an administrative order has to speak for itself. The order cannot be supplemented by fresh reasons in the shape of an affidavit or otherwise. The reasons must be there in the order itself. 

The perusal of the impugned order shows that all the submissions made by the learned counsel for the respondent justifying the impugned order do not find a mention in the impugned order. 

The said order does not even refer to the deal with the contentions raised by the petitioner in his representation. 

Court’s Decision

The Hon’ble High Court allowed the petition. The court remitted the matter to the respondent to decide the representation of the petitioner afresh after giving an opportunity of a hearing to the petitioner. 

The Court further directed the respondent to dispose of the representation of the petitioner afresh without being influenced by anything stated in this order. The court further reserved the rights and contentions of the parties. 

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