BJP leader to pay Rs 25,000 for wasting the court’s time with baseless petition

P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan Published 06 Dec 2018

In a setback for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Kerala wing, the Kerala High Court today rejected a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the party against the alleged police action in Sabarimala.

The court also asked BJP state general secretary Sobha Surendran to pay Rs 25,000 for raising baseless allegations in the petition. Surendran apologised in the court and withdrew the petition.

In the PIL, Surendran alleged that the state police was harassing the devotees in Sabarimala.
The court observed that the petition was “baseless” and for “seeking publicity”. The court also asked Surendran’s lawyer if she filed the petition as a publicity stunt.

Facing heat from the bench of chief justice, Surendran’s lawyer expressed desire to withdraw the petition. The court allowed the withdrawal with a fine of Rs 25,000 to Kerala Legal Services Authority, for wasting the time of the court with baseless allegations.( India Today )