New Delhi: A lawyer has been fined by none less than the Supreme Court for filing a frivolous case. Ashok Pandey will now have to shell out Rs 25,000. Pandey’s PIL was for the lowering of the marriageable age for men to 18 years, reported ANI. While dismissing his PIL on Monday, the Supreme Court slapped a fine of Rs 25,000. Also Read - 'Avoid Touching MEN, Follow WOMEN Instead': COVID-19 Class Rules Go Viral, Know What They Mean
The court ruled that there is no merit in the petition. Earlier, a Rs 1 lakh had been slapped on a lawyer for seeking the scrapping of all colonial laws. “You have filed a PIL having 160 pages. I read it once and could not understand, and then I read again. What is your problem? We want to know what you are asking for,” a bench headed by then Chief Justice JS Khehar had said, according to a report in PTI. Also Read - Supreme Court Dismissed Netflix Plea And Restrained Them From Releasing Bad Boys Billionaires
Advocate Raj Balam Sharma, who had filed the PIL, had said he wanted all colonial laws to go and the process of abolishing them be monitored by the apex court. “Which colonial law is creating the problem,” the bench, which also had Justice DY Chandrachud, had asked. All laws are colonial laws, the lawyer responded. Also Read - Photo of Prashant Bhushan Holding Re 1 Coin Goes Viral After SC Judgment, Triggers Meme Fest on Twitter
To that, the court said, “You are wasting your own time and you cannot waste the court’s time. We will impose a heavy cost on you…Tell us how much cost we should impose for this frivolous petition,” the bench said.
Earlier, in March 2017, the Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar said frivolous petitions will attract a Rs 5 lakh fine. The court added, “The sanctity of the judicial process will be seriously eroded if such attempts are not dealt with firmly.” Slapping a fine of Rs 25,000 on a woman for filing frivolous PIL, the Bombay High Court in 2016 had said that it is shocking to see that courts were being flooded with a large number of so-called public interest litigations. (With Agency Inputs)