Statutory provisions can’t be declared ultra vires without specific challenge in pleadings: SC

The Supreme Court (SC) while dealing with an appeal filed against the order of the Orissa High Court (OHC) in which the OHC had declared Rule 4(b) of the Ministry of Information Technology (Insitu promotion under Flexible Complementing Scheme) Rules, 1998 as ultra vires, has held that in absence of any prayer or grounds made in the pleadings by the petitioner/appellant to declare any provision as ultra vires, there is no requirement for the Constitutional Court(s) to adjudicate upon the same.