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Delhi High Court announces an unusual penalty to two complainants

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Two litigants who first filed the case against each other and later decided to withdraw cases, were directed by the Delhi High Court to plant 100 trees in the Capital as a “gesture of goodwill to society”.

Justice Najmi Waziri allowed the request of two men to quash FIRs they had filed against each other on the condition that they undertake social work and each one plants 50 trees.

“As a gesture of goodwill to the society, the petitioners in both the cases undertake to do some social work,” the court said. “Accordingly, they are directed to plant 50 trees each in Delhi and for this purpose they are directed to report before the Director (Horticulture), Delhi Development Authority on September 26 at 11.00 am, who shall assign them duties of planting 50 trees each at the District Park, Vikas Puri, Delhi,” it added.

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The court added that the trees shall be of deciduous indigenous variety and they shall be three years old or have a height of at least six feet.

It further directed that an affidavit of compliance be filed on or before October 31, along with photographs of the plantation by the petitioners as well as by the Director (Horticulture). The HC clarified that if they fail to do so, the case shall be listed for directions on November 26.

The two cross FIRs were registered against the two men at Vikaspuri police station for alleged offences, including voluntarily causing hurt and wrongful restraint.