Court detains PIL petitioner in custody, slaps fine to release
Jaipur: Filing a frivolous PIL against the National Food Security Act (NFSA) landed an 80-year-old petitioner in trouble on Saturday when Rajasthan High Court directed him to be detained for the day and released him only after imposition of a cost of Rs 10,000.
The PIL was filed by Brijmohan Sarda, a resident of Renwal alleging that the NFSA has been implemented only in those states where Assembly elections were scheduled and the Act is a sort of bribe for the poor voters and it creates discrimination.
The bench tried to convince the senior citizen, who was appearing in person, that he has misunderstood the objective of the Act and persuaded him to not to proceed with his baseless arguments.
Sarda, however, insisted that he is justified in raising the plea against the Act and even ready to go jail if proved wrong.
The division bench of Chief Justice Amitava Roy and Justice V S Siradhana was not convinced with the logics and ground upon which the petitioner tried to sought the relieves prayed in the PIL.
The bench observed an imposition of Rs 10 lakh as fine to be deposited during the course of the day and a jail-term of six months in lieu thereof if Sarda failed to do the same.
Immediately, thereafter the petitioner was taken into custody and was not allowed to leave the court till it passed its final order and in the interest of justice imposed only a cost of Rs 10,000 as fine for filing a baseless PIL and directed that the cost be deposited within a period of two weeks with the State Legal Services Authority.
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