SC restrains petitioner from filing plea on similar issue

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Jan 2017 8:00am

SC restrains petitioner from filing plea on similar issue

Supreme Court today restrained a man, whose nine petitions on a single issue were earlier dismissed, from filing another plea on the same matter, saying he could do so only by enclosing a demand draft of Rs 50,000 along with it.

A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud dismissed the tenth plea saying the issue raised by the petitioner has already been "fully adjudicated upon" by the court earlier and there was "no justification" in entertaining another plea.

"While dismissing the petition, we restrain the petitioner from filing any other petition in this court on the same cause. In case he wishes to file any petition, he shall have the liberty to do so and it would be subject to him enclosing a DD of Rs 50,000 along with the plea. If the plea will not be entertained by the court, the amount will be forfeited," the bench said.

The apex court observed that the petitioner, Bal Ram Bali, has not disputed that he had filed nine petitions earlier on the same issue which have been dismissed.

"In the situation, we would have imposed exemplary cost but during the course of the hearing, we have observed the demeanour of the petitioner. We are of the view that petitioner is an innocent individual and is pursuing a cause which is close to his heart. We refrain from imposing cost.

The instant petition is dismissed," the bench said.

Bali had questioned the Supreme Court's 1958 verdict in a matter relating to ban on slaughter of animals of species of bovine cattle. The apex court had then dealt with the constitutional validity of Bihar Preservation and Improvement of Animals Act 1955, UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act 1955 and CP and Berar Animal Preservation Act, 1949.

Initially, the bench ordered that if the petitioner wanted to file another petition on the same issue, he would have to enclose a demand draft of Rs 25,000 along with the plea.

The petitioner, however, said this is not a correct order.

To this, the bench increased the amount of demand draft to Rs 50,000.


Source: PTI

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