Gujarat: HC imposes Rs 25k fine for seeking Gujarat Governor recall

The Gujarat High Court rejected a public interest litigation seeking recall of Governor Kamla, and slashed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice A L Dave and Justice J B Pardiwala noted that the public interest litigation, filed by Lucknow-based advocate Asok Pande, lacked basic requirements of a public interest. The Bench observed it didn't know "if it was personal interest litigation or a political interest litigation, but it surely did not seem to be a public interest litigation".

The High court imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Pande and directed him to deposit the amount within four weeks with the Gujarat State Legal Service Authority During the hearing on the litigation last week, the court had asked Pande to explain what was the public interest in his litigation and how the appointment of Governor was unconstitutional as alleged in his PIL.

Questioning the litigation’s maintainability, the court had told Pande that it was not clear in the petition whether he wanted to recall the Governor or was raising objections on her appointment itself.

Pande had filed the litigation early this month, contending the Gujarat Governor needs to be recalled as her appointment was void because due process of law was not followed.

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