Court imposes costs of Rs.15,000

The Madras High Court has dismissed four petitions filed by the Tirupur Dyeing Factory Owners Association seeking various reliefs, and imposed costs of Rs.15,000. The association should pay the sum to the Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority by April 6.

The petitions sought reliefs, including appointment of a technical committee consisting of experts, to suggest implementation of Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) effectively and granting extension of time by nine months for achieving 100 per cent ZLD and consequently permitting the opening of bleaching and dyeing units.

The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam, said that though at the first blush the relief sought for by the association appeared innocuous, the petitions were a clear abuse and misuse of the process of court.

The Bench said that it did not appreciate modality adopted by the petitioner association, presumably to dilute the January 28 judgment. Any of the prayers sought for, even if partially accepted, would amount to reviewing the judgment.