Filing frivolous petitions to malign someone’s image and to get cheap publicity will not be excused.
This was the message by the Bombay High Court while dismissing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Prajasattak Samajik Seva Sanstha, a Kolhapur-based NGO, and imposing a cost of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and justice DY Chandrachud dismissed the PIL observing that it was filed to obtain publicity for itself and to malign the officers of the police department in Kolhapur.
The NGO filed a PIL in March seeking action against the Kolhapur police for organising a function called ‘Bollywood Nite — 2010’ on April 9, without the permission of the charity commissioner.
The PIL also alleged that the police did not maintain an account of the money collected from ticket sale.
After the PIL was filed, the petitioner issued a press release that the court had taken a serious view of the petition even it came up for hearing.