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"You can't act so casual", Law Student faces ire of Karnataka HC for not producing authentic scientific data to support contentions in PIL

"You are not a layman, you are a law student. You can't act so casual. After you join the profession, you must act responsibly, therefore, we are educating you right now", the Court orally remarked today.

Rintu Mariam Biju

A Petitioner law student today faced the ire of the Karnataka High Court as the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by him did not have authentic scientific data or an expert opinion annexed to support his contentions.

In his petition, the petitioner student had submitted that planting of the Acacia species trees is harmful to nature in general and that the same would cause irreparable damage to the environment. The petitioner raised concern that the Forest department of Government of Karnataka was planning to plant Acacia trees in the State.

However, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna declined to entertain the PIL as there was no scientific data or any authentic material placed on record to show that Acacia species trees are harmful to the environment.

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