Taking serious note of frivolous public interest litigations (PILs), which waste the court’s time and machinery, the Bombay high court has indicated that it will now impose a cost on a petitioner, which would serve as an example to other petitioners and deter them from filing such petitions.
“The Supreme Court has repeatedly said that that those misusing the machinery of court must be punished. This is a blatant misuse of this jurisdiction,” said justice DK Deshmukh while hearing a PIL filed by Prashant Sane, Maharashtra vice president of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), transport wing.
Justice Deshmukh said that they wanted to make Sane an example so that no one would file bogus petitions in the future.
Sane’s PIL alleged that RTO officers, in connivance with motor training schools, issue motor driving licenses to individuals without verifying the genuineness of the documents put up before them for approval. The PIL had sought action against these RTO officers.
According to Sane’s PIL, there are 45 RTO offices in the state and all of them have no way of verifying the documents. Sane’s advocate, A Mirza argued that they have found that around 200 licenses issued by the RTO were not genuine.
“There are illegalities in every departments of government. We are not here to check all those illegalities,” added Deshmukh.