[Read Order] Maintain discipline in Public Interest Litigations: CJI Ranjan Gogoi to advocate M L Sharma while dismissing his plea seeking suspension of Rakesh Asthana

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna of the Supreme Court today, January 31, 2019 dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate M L Sharma seeking quashing of the appointment of former special director of CBI Rakesh Asthana as Director General of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), suspension of Asthana during the pending probe against him in bribery allegations in Moin Qureshi case, quashing of the high power committee’s proceeding dated January 10, 2019 whereby former Director of CBI Alok Verma was transferred out from the CBI etc.

In his PIL, Sharma made multiple prayers ranging from one issue to another without their being interlinked to each other.

To this CJI Gogoi remarked: “You cannot bring everything under the sky in a PIL”. CJI Gogoi went on to say “I must confess I am not able to understand the prayers made by you in the PIL”.

After a brief exchange with petitioner M L Sharma, CJI proceeded to pass the order dismissing the PIL and noted: “Multiple causes of action have been combined, one having no connection with the other. While some of the reliefs sought may lie, if at all within the jurisdiction of the Service Tribunal, the other reliefs sought are not appropriate for being dealt with in the manner in which they have been projected. We, therefore, decline to entertain this petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution. The same is accordingly dismissed.”


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