The Delhi court slapped a fine of ₹1 lakh for an individual who challenged the appointment of Justice D.Y. Chandrachud as Chief Justice of India. The man in focus, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Tiwari, had filed a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) in the High court of Delhi against the appointment.
Penalizing for a Petition
The petitioner argued that the decision to appoint the judge had been taken by violating the Constitutional provisions, and he pleaded for an immediate stay on DY Chandrachud’s appointment. He pleaded with the court to look closely into the selection procedure and eligibility for appointments, as he thinks “Justice Chandrachud will be aware in destroying the traitors who are plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister.”
Asserting that he is a “well-trained intelligent common citizen of India” and aware of the policies, he also proposed that an inquiry commission should be set upon the Chief Justice by the Intelligence agencies to ensure that he is not linked to any anti-social elements and Naxalite groups. He further stated that lawyers like Prashant Bhushan and Indira Jaising want the chief justice to be their accomplices.
Well, the Delhi court struck down the PIL, with a member of the bench, Justice Subramonium Prasad calling it a “Publicity Interest Litigation“. Public Interest Litigation is a provision for filing litigation in a court of law for the protection of Public Interest. An individual can file a PIL whenever there is a violation or mistreatment.