Ranchi, Oct. 19: Jharkhand High Court today asked a petitioner to pay up Rs 50,000 as “cost” of filing a frivolous PIL alleging illegal tribal land transfers and targeting chief minister Hemant Soren without furnishing evidence.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice S. Chandrashekhar asked Ramesh Kumar Rahi to deposit the amount with Jharkhand Legal Services Authority within a fortnight.
The bench was hearing Rahi’s petition that sought an independent CBI probe into alleged illegal transfer of tribal land in Jharkhand.
His counsel Rajeshwar Pandey told the court that tribal land had been transferred in the state without following proper procedures and alleged that Hemant had acquired plots in Dhanbad in violation of the law.
He said provisions of Chotanagpur Tenancy Act had been given a complete go by and land had been transferred in connivance with government officials who flouted the law to favour a select few.
However, the bench was not satisfied with Pandey’s argument as it was not backed by valid documents.
It also pointed out that the petition did not include details of the petitioner, which was mandatory under Supreme Court and Jharkhand High Court rules.
Hence, the court dismissed the petition and imposed a cost, observing that neither did it contain fruitful information nor did it provide details of the petitioner.