New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday reprimanded several petitioners who filed 'petitions to get publicity' on various issues, saying they have been filed without any preparation and fined some of them. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said that some of these petitions seem to have been filed with thoughts that came to the petitioner's mind while strolling or drinking tea.
The bench said, "If you think about drinking tea, then you thought you filed a PIL." Petitions have been filed in this way. You may have had this idea while walking on the road. " The bench, while dismissing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) requesting an inquiry under the supervision of the court for alleged misappropriation of funds in the Lt. Governor-Chief Minister's Relief Fund for Kovid-19 and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner, said You have to make some preparations and then file a petition. "
The court said that this petition was filed on the basis of someone's tweet, without trying to know from RTI whether the money was misused or not. The petitioner alleged that the funds were used by the Delhi government in advertisements. Santosh K Tripathi, a permanent lawyer for the Delhi government, told the court that not a single penny from that fund has been spent on advertisements. The court said that this seems to be a motive-driven petition and directed that the fine be deposited with the Legal Services Authority within four weeks.
A petition of the Think Act Rise Foundation, founded in 2014 by students of the University of Delhi, requested the Delhi government to direct in writing that patients who require plasma should receive plasma within 14 to 28 days of their recovery. Will donate
The court rejected the petition and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 and said that it could not ask the Delhi government to formulate such a policy. The bench said that a petition is being filed to get this publicity. A similar comment was made by the court while dismissing another PIL requesting issuance of guidelines regarding news of sensitive nature - such as reporting of mass deaths, broadcasting news showing the suffering of people. .
The petitioner, advocate Lalit Valecha, argued that such reports spread negativity, creating a sense of insecurity towards life. Describing the plea as a hue and cry, the bench said that the news is both positive and negative and the petitioner is not aware of the correct facts. The bench said, "It is a negative view in the mind of the petitioner that reporting of deaths during Kovid-19 global pandemic is negative news." Also said that as long as the media is reporting the correct facts, it cannot be banned.