Filing a public interest litigation (PIL) which the Bombay high court found ‘frivolous’ proved costly for the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) transport wing president, Prashant Sane. He had to pay Rs25,000 to withdraw the PIL over the issuance of motor driving licences without the verification of documents.
The court had, on February 15, rapped Sane for filing frivolous PIL and wasting the court’s time and machinery and had indicated that it will impose an exemplary cost on the petitioner. A division bench of justice DK Deshmukh and justice KK Tated permitted Sane to withdraw the PIL after paying Rs25,000.
“It is not free for all. This is court of law. Supreme Court has repeatedly said that that those misusing machinery of court must be punished. This is blatant misuse of this jurisdiction,” justice Deshmukh said.
Sane’s PIL had alleged that RTO officers, in connivance with motor training schools, issue motor driving licences to individuals without verifying the documents.
Sane’s advocate, A Mirza had said they had found that around 200 licences issued by the RTO were not genuine. Although allegations were made against motor training schools, they were not made respondents. The judges said if Sane had detected a ‘forgery’, then he should have lodged an FIR with the police. Government pleader DA Nalavade told the court that there were cases filed against Sane.