Residents’ association fined Rs.1.5 mn by courtDecember 10th, 2008 - 11:33 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday slapped a Rs.1.5 million fine on a Residents Welfare Association (RWA) here for filing frivolous petitions that were already being dismissed.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar also issued notice to the president of Ashok Nagar Residents Welfare Association directing him to respond on why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.
The court directed Mohan Singh, the RWA president, to pay Rs 1.25 million to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Rs.250,000 to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) against whom he had filed petitions.
“The amount shall be payable within a period of eight weeks from today, failing which the DDA is at liberty to recover the same in accordance with law,” the bench said.
The court observed that the petitions were filed with a motive to obstruct the course of justice.
“In spite of dismissal of the writ petitions, the Association kept on filing suits and obstructing the course of justice… In our opinion, this prima facie amounts to a criminal contempt,” the court said.
“This is not a case of a stray act but deliberate repetitive acts of filing series of suits with a view to grab the land that has been vested in the state government more than 25 years back,” it added.