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Petition cannot be filed to gain publicity: MP High Court

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The Madhya Pradesh High Court recently observed that to gain publicity the petitioner has flocked to the High Court with no sense of responsibility and the recourse adopted by the petitioner is polluted with ulterior motives and collateral purposes.

The Gwalior Division Bench comprised of Justice Rohit Arya and Justice Milind Ramesh Phadke dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by self styled public spirited person Santosh Sharma (Petitioner) seeking  indulgence for holding an enquiry in the matter of felling of trees and plantation on National Highway No. 92 (Gwalior to Etawah).

Upon perusal of the writ petition and counter affidavit placed on record, the Bench is  of the considered view that to gain publicity the petitioner has flocked to the High Court with no sense of responsibility.”In fact, the instant petition tantamount to misuse of the process of law and time of this Court. The recourse adopted by the petitioner is polluted with ulterior motives and collateral purposes. Writ Petition lacks bona fides”, observed the High Court.

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Even otherwise, V.K.  Bharadwaj, Sr. Advocate for respondent submitted that sufficient number of plants have already been planted and are growing on National Highway no. 92 between Gwalior to Etawah and regular plantations on National Highway No. 92 between patch of Gwalior to Etawah, are being done in every rainy season, as per the norms, with no default, which is subject matter of the petition.

Consequently, referring to supporting documents placed on record, Writ Petition is found by the Court  to be misconceived and is accordingly dismissed.

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