Supreme Court dismisses the petition saying, the life of lawyers is not more valuable than other people
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking a direction to the central government to pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh each to the relatives of lawyers below 60 years of age who lost their lives due to corona or any other reason. The court said that it cannot be said that the life of lawyers is more valuable than other people.
Petition seeking ex-gratia of 50 lakhs to relatives of deceased lawyers dismissed
A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath and BV Nagarathna said it cannot encourage filing of "fake" PILs by lawyers. The bench said that this petition is only to gain publicity. There is no relevant basis for this. The court said that many people have died due to corona in the country. The apex court has already given a decision regarding making guidelines regarding giving compensation to the relatives of those who have died due to corona.
The bench asked the petitioner advocate Pradeep Kumar Yadav whether other people of the society are not important. This is a Publicity Interest Litigation. If you are wearing a black coat, it does not mean that your life has become more valuable than other people. We should not induce lawyers to file fake PILs.
The bench said that this petition has been filed on the cut-copy-paste principle. Lawyers should file such a petition demanding compensation and if the court allows it, it will not be allowed to happen. Along with this, the court dismissed the petition and imposed a fine of ten thousand rupees on the petitioner. The petitioner had made the Centre, Bar Council of India and several other bar organizations as respondents in his petition.