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First approach authorites for relief, says CJI

Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia, who has warned that frivolous PILs would be dealt with sternly, today said the Supreme Court will not issue directions unless the aggrieved parties first approach the authorities concerned.



New Delhi: Chief Justice of India S H
Kapadia, who has warned that frivolous PILs would be dealt
with sternly, today said the Supreme Court will not issue
directions unless the aggrieved parties first approach the
authorities concerned.

"We have already made it clear that this court will not
entertain frivolous PILs. We will also not issue any writs
(directions). You have to first approach the authorities. Only
if you don`t get relief, you can come to us.

"We are not going to bypass all other institutions,"
Justice Kapadia said while refusing to entertain a petition.

The petitioner had sought certain direction to the
authorities but the Chief Justice was not convinced with the
prayer and insisted that the former should first approach the
authorities concerned for remedy and only if he/she fails to
get proper response should approach the court for proper
remedy.

On May 12 hours after assuming office, Justice Kapadia
had warned that "huge cost will be imposed for filing
frivolous PILs.

The CJI said he would not continue with the practice of
the oral mentioning of the matter at the start of the day,
which was prevalent during his predecessor Justice K G
Balakrishnan`s tenure.

Justice Kapadia said the mentioning matter will come to
the Bench through the department concerned where it has to
be filed a day before and would be considered for listing only
after the lunch break next day.

PTI

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