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“A lawyer’s life is not more precious”, says Supreme Court

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New Delhi. “This is a publicity interest litigation petition and just because you are in black coat, doesn’t mean your life is more precious than others. Time has come that we have to stop the lawyers from filing these bogus PILs,” the Supreme Court remarked.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (14th Sept.) cautioned lawyers from misusing their privilege to file bogus public interest litigation (PIL) petitions. The Court was hearing a plea seeking ex-gratia payment of ₹50 lakh to kin of advocates below 60 years of age who due to Covid.

A Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Vikram Nath & BV Nagarathna said that courts might have to take steps to stop lawyers from filing such PILs.

The Court rebuked the petitioner, advocate Pradeep Kumar Yadav stating that the grounds in the petition were irrelevant.

“If we see your grounds, there isn’t even one ground which is relevant. App agar cut paste kar denge toh aisa nahi hota ki judges padhenge nahi,” the Court further said.

The Court reiterated that many people have passed away due to COVID and no exception can be created for lawyers.

“It cannot happen that lawyers file such public interest litigations and demand for compensation from judges and that they will allow. You know there are a lot of people died. You can’t be an exception,” the Court said dismissing the plea.

Input Courtesy – BarandBench


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