The Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed an exemplary cost of ₹25 lakh on an applicant saying that the allegations he made in his applications are against the Uttarakhand High Court and High officials of the State Government. The Apex Court said that the averments made in his application are “unacceptable” and he made “unfounded allegations” against the Uttarakhand High Court.
The bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar said that the applicant who wants to get impleaded in a proceeding must show some restrain and refrain from making unfolded allegations as made by the applicant in the application filed before it.
“We accordingly, reject this application outright by imposing exemplary cost on the applicant in the sum of Rs 25 lakh.”
The bench rejected the application for impleadment as the application was drafted in a very casual manner.
Advocate Ajay Veer Pundir, appearing for the applicant requested for the liberty to withdraw the application to which the Supreme Court bench replied that it would dismiss the application with cost.
“Why permitted to withdraw? You come here and make all sorts of allegations. First slap and then say sorry?”Supreme Court bench
The top court said it is not inclined to entertain the prayer for vacating the interim relief, particularly regarding stay on the initiation of criminal process as directed by the High Court, as the order was passed after hearing all the parties.
The October 2020 judgement of the Madhya Pradesh High Court through which the matter emerged would be heard in the third week of February.
The Supreme Court had ordered that until the further orders, the directions issued by the MP high court will remain stayed.
In its verdict, the Madhya Pradesh High Court pronounced the state government as the titleholder of 246 charitable properties of Holkars, the erstwhile rulers of Indore. The state was directed to take the responsibility of preserving the cultural heritage, including ghats, temples and dharamshalas and other places which are in the Trust property, being the titleholder of the property in question.
Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the petitioners said that the Supreme Court granted interim relief after hearing all the parties.
The main matter has been listed for hearing on Non Miscellaneous Day in the third week of February.