The Court Is Not The Proper Forum To Thrash Out Political Issues: MP HC Rejects PIL Against Farm Loan Waiver [Read Order]

The Court Is Not The Proper Forum To Thrash Out Political Issues:  MP HC Rejects PIL Against Farm Loan Waiver [Read Order]

“The petitioner is asking us to rush in where Angels fear to trade. We are conscious of our limitations and we do not possess the necessary expertise or wherewithal to examine the political matter and in our considered opinion the Court is not the proper forum to thrash out political issues.”

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday dismissed public interest litigation filed by a lawyer against a government order to waive off short-term agricultural loans to the extent of Rs 2 lakhs advanced to farmers.

According to Advocate Mohit Kumar, the said move by the new government is a precursor of the ruin of the national economy because other states are also following the suit. He also contended that this amounts to corrupt practice within the meaning of Section 123 of the Representation of Peoples' Act, 1951.

The bench comprising of Chief Justice S.K. Seth and Justice Vijay Kumar Shukla noted that a news report about filing this PIL is reported in some newspapers and thus it is clear that it is a publicity-oriented petition.

It said: "The petitioner is asking us to rush in where Angels fear to trade. We are conscious of our limitations and we do not possess the necessary expertise or wherewithal to examine the political matter and in our considered opinion the Court is not the proper forum to thrash out political issues. That apart, when we asked the petitioner whether he studied economic as subject, he evaded the question to give a straight answer or point out any relevant material on the record in support of his contention. In view of bald assertion, we have serious doubts about credential of the petitioner to agitate the matter in Court of law."

The court added that unfounded insinuations and allegations having political overtones could not be entertained and tested in a writ petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.

"The entire petition is a publicity maneuver and the Court is not a proper forum for this kind of publicity originated writ petition," the bench said while dismissing the petition.

Read the Order Here