Allahabad HC imposes cost of Rs 50K on a petitioner who misused the judicial process

On Friday, Allahabad High Court imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on a petitioner for misusing the judicial process by filing a PIL for personal benefit. The Court also dismissed his petition.

The order was passed by a Division Bench comprising Hon’ble Justice Sanjay Yadav and Hon’ble Justice Jayant Banerjee. The petitioner was one Afsana who resided at Mujar Village, Macchali Sahar, Jaunpur.

In the instant case, the petitioner sought distribution rights to a fair price shop. Her daughter in law had also applied for a shop allocation. But, the shop was given to another person.

Due to the High Court’s status order favouring the first shopkeeper, the allotment associated with the second Gram Panchayat shop was cancelled by the Court. 

The Court stated that the petitioner could not file a PIL if he were interested in the shop. The Court opined that such an action was a misuse of the judicial process and proceeded to impose a cost of Rs 50000 on the petitioner.

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Hon’ble Court directed the petitioner to deposit the amount within fifteen days to the High Court Legal Services Committee and warned that if the petitioner failed to deposit the money action would be taken against him.

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