Litigant sends Rs 20,000 cheque to buy time of High Court
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 16:07
Mumbai: In a first of its kind incident, a litigant sent a cheque of Rs 20,000 to the Bombay High Court seeking a hearing of one hour in return, prompting a division bench to ask him to apologise in writing.

Anil Tilotekar, a resident of Pune, sent the cheque to the High Court Registry seeking to buy time. He also wrote a letter and sent an e-mail to the Court for an early hearing.

Taking a serious note of his conduct, a bench of Justices P B Majumdar and Amjad Sayed observed: "How can such a request be made? In case, if someone deposits Rs one crore should we hear him for the full day?" they asked.

The judges felt that this sort of request for 'buying the time of court' amounted to interfering with the administration of justice. They threatened to take contempt action against Tilotekar if he failed to tender an apology.

Tilotekar apologised verbally, saying he was unmindful of the law and had written the letter and sent the cheque due to ignorance.

However, the judges asked him to tender the apology in an affidavit by January 27.

The Court was hearing an appeal in an arbitration case filed in 2004 by Tilotekar's wife against a company.

In the letter, the litigant wrote, "I am a senior citizen and have come to the court from Pune. I am unable to walk properly and am under treatment for the same. Please allot me a particular date and arrange to put the matter high on board so that I am saved the agony of going through the uncertainties and travelling problem."


First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 16:07

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