Consider the following statements about the writ Quo-Warranto:

  1. It prevents illegal usurpation of public office by a person
  2. It can be issued only against public office and not against ministerial offices

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [C] Both 1 & 2

Quo Warranto means “by what warrant”? This writ is issued to enquire into legality of the claim of a person or public office. It restrains the person or authority to act in an office which he / she is not entitled to; and thus stops usurpation of public office by anyone. This writ is applicable only to the public offices and not to private offices or ministerial office.

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