[dropcap]T[/dropcap]HE Bombay High Court has directed a petitioner, who filed more that 40 Public Interest Litigation (PILs) petitions, to first render paralegal services in the tribal areas of Thane district, before his petitions can even be considered for hearing.
The high court asked petitioner Sapan Shrivastava to first report to the Chairperson of the District Legal Services Committee, District Thane who would entrust him with paralegal volunteer duties in district Thane, including gathering information from the tribal areas on the following:
- Number of tribal schools with hostels.
- Number of teachers working in the tribal schools.
- Number of tribal students admitted in the schools.
- Whether the tribal students are subjected to a regular medical check-up.
- By personally meeting at least 100 tribal students, gauge whether they were satisfied with the education imparted to them.
A division bench comprising the Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice N M Jamdar said the petitioner, other than filing public interest petitions, was not helping society.
“Before any Public Interest Litigation filed by the petitioner, or the ones which have already been filed, is considered by this court, we call upon the petitioner to render service as a paralegal volunteer,” the division bench said.
The PIL will now be listed after 14 weeks.
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