What is the purpose of quo warranto?

Quo warranto is issued to restrain a person from acting in a public office to which he /she is not entitled. If the court finds that a person is holding an office for which he/she is not entitled or to a person who is performing a function for which he/she is not lawfully entitled, the court may stop that person from holding that office and exercising that function. Thus, where a person claims to be customs commissioner can be asked by the court to show up his/her authority for the office being so claimed, under the writ petition being filed of nature of Quo Warranto.

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