A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoiand Justice S K Kaul on Friday while considering a PIL filed by Advocate M. L Sharma a "misadventure", imposed a cost of Rs. 50,000 on him for professedly accusing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection with the capital reserves of the Reserve Bankof India (RBI).
The bench also expressed it's displeasure over the fact that Adv. Sharma made Mr. Jaitely a party in the case and citing the same, the Court banned advocate M.L. Sharma from filing any PILs in future till he deposits the amount imposed upon him.
Mr. Sharma, who was the first person to file a petition before the Supreme Court in the Indian coal allocation scam, this time approached the Court seeking to restrain Finance Minister from using capital reserves of the RBI.
Nonetheless, Chief Justice Gogoi, also acknowledged his “good work” and questioned him whether he wants to ruin his reputation now by filing such insubstantial PILs. The bench fumed over him saying,
“What kind of a PIL is this? ‘The Finance Minister should be stopped from plundering the capital reserves’… What is this? You have made the Finance Minister a party by name and accused him of ‘plundering the capital reserves’?”
The bench further added, “Mr. Sharma, the day has come to ban you from filing PILs.”...........when you come with a good case also, we don’t entertain you”.
However, Mr. Sharma apologised before the Court but the benchclarified him that it was determined not to entertain the PIL.
The incident inside the Court room is yet another controversy having connection with Adv. Sharma. Earlier, in 2015 also, while taking cognisance of certain "irresponsible and scandalous allegations levelled by him" against India parliamentarians, the Court issued a show cause notice to him asking “why he should not be debarred from filing and/or canvassing any Public Interest Litigation".