Heavy costs be imposed on mindless litigants: HC
The Delhi High Court on Thursday said heavy costs should be imposed on people filing frivolous petitions in the court as such litigation clogs the wheel of justice.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday said
heavy costs should be imposed on people filing frivolous
petitions in the court as such litigation clogs the wheel of
"Any litigant, who indulges in mindless litigation and
unnecessarily wastes the precious time of the courts, should
not be spared. He must pay heavy costs for wasting time of the
court," Justice V B Gupta said while imposing a cost of Rs
30,000 on a petitioner for indulging in frivolous litigation.
The court said people indulging in meritless litigation
must be dealt with a heavy hand.
"It is well settled that frivolous litigation clogs the
wheel of justice, making it difficult for courts to provide
easy and speedy justice to genuine litigants. It has also been
observed in a large number of cases that meritless litigation
should be dealt with a heavy hand," the court said.
The court passed the order on a plea of a petitioner who
has approached the High Court eleven years after the trial
court had passed the order.
The petitioner pleaded that the trial court had no
jurisdiction to pass the order.
Taking strong exception to the plea of challenging the
court`s jurisdiction eleven years after the order was passed,
Justice Gupta said objections raised were "most bogus and