Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court has imposed Rs 1 lakh penalty on a former employee of Ultra Tech Cement for filing a public interest litigation and a writ petition against the company on pollution allegations.
B. Janaka Sankar, a resident of Kurnool district, filed the PIL and the writ alleging that the Pollution Control Board officials had not taken any action against Ultra Tech Cement factory at Bogasamudram village in Tadipatri mandal, Ananthapur district.
While hearing the case, the High Court division bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice S.V. Bhatt noticed that Mr Sankar had instituted two petitions through two different counsels and imposed Rs 1,00,000 on him as penalty for abuse of process.
The High Court bench warned him that courts are not meant for settling personal vendetta.
The High Court also found fault with the petitioner for not mentioning he was a former employee of the cement factory and addressing himself as agriculturist....