The Rajasthan High Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in which Twenty-three villagers of Village Arniya Chauhan have forwarded identically worded letters to the High Court with absolutely vague allegations levelled against Hindustan Zinc Ltd. Agucha, Tehsil Hurda District Bhilwara.
The PIL also prays grant permission to the petitioners to end their lives as a way of redressal of their grievances.
On the last date of hearing, a direction was issued to intimate the petitioners to remain personally present in the Court. All petitioners, residents of Tehsil Phuliya Kalan except the one are present in the Court.
Upon enquiry being made, the petitioners candidly conceded that a lawyer from Delhi who is also pleading their matters before the Labour Court, fraudulently instigated them to sign these letters and that they had never intended to invoke the writ jurisdiction of the High Court in this manner.
The High Court is further informed that most of the petitioners have raised industrial disputes in relation to the issues which have been presented by way of these letters. The petitioners prayed that they do not crave any further directions in this matter and thus, the petition may be disposed of.
The Division Bench of Justice Sandeep Mehta and Justice Kuldeep Mathur having gone through the contents of the letters and after considering the submissions advanced at bar, more particularly keeping in view the fact that the labour disputes raised by some of the petitioners have been concluded by the Industrial Tribunal and petitions have been filed against those orders, held that it is manifest that no issue of public interest is involved in the petition. Hence, the same is dismissed.