NGOs making fun of court by espousing cause of wealthy: SC

NEW DELHI, Jul 4: “NGOs are making fun of this court,” an anguished bench of the Supreme Court observed today as it slapped a fine of R 50,000 on an organisation for espousing the cause of financially well-off land owners by filing a “frivolous” PIL on their behalf. The apex court imposed a cost of R 50,000 on the NGO for filing the PIL on behalf of 10 Assam-based land owners, whose land was acquired by the state for constructing a two-lane road under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in the north-eastern region (SARDP-NE). “NGOs are making fun of this court by filing frivolous petitions. This is the Supreme Court. You are an NGO and espousing the cause of landlords who are well versed and have enough money to fight their litigations,” the bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said. It pulled up the NGO for “making mockery of the court” and asked it to deposit the money with the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) which will use it in upgrading the library. (Agencies)