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When Justice Nandrajog was Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, he had imposed costs on the petitioner for "misusing the process of this court".
This week, the Supreme Court will hear a petition filed against former Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Pradeep Nandrajog, for imposing a fine of Rs. 5 lakh on a petitioner for "misusing the process of the court."
The matter will be heard by a Single-Judge Bench (Chamber judge) of Justice Hrishikesh Roy on July 24 to see if the petitioner can be allowed to argue in person.
In September 2019, the petitioner Sapan Srivastava had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking directions to stop the operation of the Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), which runs the ICSE and ISC boards. Srivastava claimed that according to an RTI reply he had received from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, the CISCE did not have the Ministry’s approval.
A Bench of then Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Bharati Dangre dismissed the petition filed by Srivastava after finding that the petitioner was "misusing the process of this court". Additionally, a fine of Rs 5 lakh was imposed on Srivastava.
The Bench also mentioned that unless the amount is paid in full to the Registry of the Bombay High Court, no other petition from Srivastava was to be entertained.
During the hearing before the High Court, counsel Raju Subramanyam, representing the CISCE informed the Court that the Board was recognised by various states in India and filed an affidavit stating the facts.
Subramanyam told the Court that the petitioner was inviting funds and seeking donations online, claiming to champion the cause of education, and had also annexed orders of the Bench while seeking these donations.
In reaction to this, the Bench headed by Justice Nandrajog held that this money being sought by the petitioner was nothing but "extortion."