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The Karnataka High Court recently imposed costs of Rs. 50,000 in a petition seeking to quash a government circular dated April 3, by which directions were issued to Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMs) amid the COVID-19 lockdown. [PC Rao vs The State of Karnataka]
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna dismissed the petition after observing that filing of the same is an "abuse of process of law" and that there was no public interest involved in it.
"This Court is dealing with the very important issues such as non-availability of the food and necessities of life to the weaker sections of the society. In our view, the petitioners ought not to have filed the present petition. Firstly, because no public interest is involved in this petition and secondly, a petition seeking a writ in the nature of mandamus is filed on the very day on which a representation was made to the State Government and other Authorities."
Karnataka High Court