Amid the long queue of serious cases, came a bizarre plea that left the Chief Justice of India (CJI) red faced.
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL calling it “ridiculous”. The plea sought a direction to ban all red coloured dresses across India.
Hearing the PIL that was filed without any substance, the bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “It is a ridiculous PIL.”
This is not the first time that such PILs have been filed in the courts. Earlier, there have been PILs filed for cases as diverse as demanding a pictorial warning on liquor bottles akin to cigarettes.
In a rather needed one, few years back, a case had made it to the Supreme Court through a PIL, asking the apex court to issue a ban on websites “which spread jokes portraying the sardar community as ‘persons of low intellect, stupid and foolish’.”
PIL is a rule of law declared by the courts of record. However, the person (or entity) filing the petition must prove to the satisfaction of the court that the petition is being filed for the public interest and not as a frivolous litigation for pecuniary gain.