The Supreme Court today(Friday Dec 7) dismissed a PIL, raising allegations against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of plundering the capital reserve of the Reserve Bank of India.
The apex court also imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on advocate M L Sharma, who had filed the public interest litigation.
The apex court slammed lawyer M L Sharma for naming Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the PIL.
“You file PIL naming the Fin Min and saying he was likely to plunder RBI resources…?”, the court asked. Supreme Court expressed displeasure that the advocate made the finance minister as the main party in the PIL.
The bench further said, “What is this PIL? You cannot go on with such misadventure. What exactly is this? You are saying the finance minister is plundering the capital reserve of the RBI. You are not bringing honour to this institution. Why do we permit you to go ahead with this PIL?”
“You want us to restrain the finance minister… You have done some good work. Why are you destroying your credibility,” the Chief Justice told him.
The bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul, also directed the apex court registry not to allow Sharma to file any PIL till he deposits Rs 50,000. “We find no reason whatsoever to entertain this PIL,” the bench said.
KK Venugopal, the government’s top law officer said the time has come to take a look at petitions wasting the court’s time.
The apex court imposed the fine as the advocate continued with the argument after dismissal of the PIL.