PILs Started With Good Intentions But Now Being Misused, says Supreme Court

Team SoOLEGAL 27 Nov 2017 11:53am

PILs Started With Good Intentions But Now Being Misused, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has expressed concern over misuse of Public Interest Litigation, said it is high time to revisit the concept as court proceedings were being abused in the name of public interest for publicity and political gains.

The apex court said that it (PIL) was started with good intention to help the poor people by espousing their cause before the higher judiciary.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan got furious while hearing a petition seeking NIA/CBI probe into an incident of 2015 when a dais being prepared for the prime minister to address the public fell in Raipur in Chhattisgarh. The petitioner, Chhattisgarhi Samaj Party, is a registered political party and approached the Supreme Court after its plea was rejected by the HC which also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000.

Undeterred by the adverse order of HC, the petitioner moved the apex court for independent probe and also made the Prime Minister's Office a party in the case.

As it came up for hearing, the bench admonished the petitioner for filing frivolous petition to get political mileage and slapped a fine of Rs one lakh, to be deposited in the court. The court got enraged when the petitioner's counsel started arguing the case on merit.

"This has come when the court should revisit the concept of PIL. How can a political party file petition two years after the incident. It is an utter abuse of PIL for getting political mileage," the bench said while imposing the cost for the petitioner. [Inputs TOI]

Tagged: Supreme Court   MisuseofPILs   Public Interest Litigation  
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