STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 14 November
The Delhi High Court said that a large number of private interest litigations are being filed in the guise of public interest litigations (PILs). The said observation came by the bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan while directing CBI to inquire whether a businessman, who has filed a plea challenging allotment of government land to private persons, has any personal interest in the matter.
CBI was directed to conduct a preliminary inquiry to ascertain the relationship of the PIL petitioner with the persons named as accused in an FIR lodged with the Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police concerning alleged fraudulent sale of a piece of land in south Delhi.
"Keeping in view the serious allegations that have been made as well as the fact that a large number of private interest litigations are filed in the guise of Public Interest Litigations to settle private dispute, we direct CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry to the limited extent of finding out the relationship of the petitioner with any of the accused in the aforesaid FIR," said the court, adding that it also must be enquired whether the PIL has been filed at the instance of any of the accused in the FIR.
The court was hearing the PIL filed by one Ram Niwas Jain, who alleged that wrongful allotment of government land is being made by officers of the land and building department of Delhi government and other officers working in the revenue department.