National Desk: The Supreme Court rejected an appeal of the Bihar government and imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on the state government for wasting the court's time. This appeal was attached to the disposal of the case by the Patna High Court after various parties agreed on a case. Justice S. K. Kaul and Justice R. s. Reddy said that the state government had filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court in September last year against the order of the High Court bench.
The High Court disposed of its petition on the basis of consent. The Supreme Court said that the High Court in its order said that after some time hearing the case, the counsel appearing for the state government jointly requested that the appeal be disposed of on the basis of consent. The bench said, after that it was settled on the basis of consent. Despite this, a special leave petition was filed. We consider it a complete misuse of the court process and that too by a state government. It is also a waste of court time.
The bench said in its order dated March 22, "Thus we impose a fine of Rs. 20 thousand on the SLP, which should be submitted to the Supreme Court Group C (Non-clerical) Employees Welfare Organization within four weeks." The Supreme Court said that the state government should collect the fine from the officials who are responsible for this grief. A single judge bench of the High Court ruled in December 2018 on a petition by a bureaucrat, challenging the government's decision to dismiss him from service in June 2016.
An FIR was lodged against the bureaucrat for allegedly illegally acquiring property, suspended him and departmental action was initiated against him. The single bench had dismissed the June 2016 order of dismissal and also rejected the investigation report. The state government challenged the decision given by the single bench in December 2018 in the bench. The High Court had said, after hearing for some time in the case, the lawyers jointly requested that the appeal be disposed of on the basis of consent. Accordingly, orders are given.