TAMIL NADU

HC imposes cost on woman litigant

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday imposed a cost (fine) of Rs.10, 000 on a woman litigant from Thiruppuvanam in Manamadurai taluk of Sivaganga district for filing cases repeatedly on frivolous grounds.

Dismissing a petition filed by the woman to review a High Court judgement, Justice A. Selvam directed her to pay the amount to the Legal Aid Services Committee attached to the Bench within a month. The Judge held that the petitioner had been filing cases after cases since 1992 with a view to “torture” her opponents. “Under the said circumstances, the revision petitioner should be mulcted with some punishment,” he said.

The petitioner had originally filed a civil suit before a sub-court in Sivaganga in 1992 claiming ownership over an immovable property on the basis of a sale deed dated March 4, 1988. It was dismissed in 1995.

Appeal

Immediately, the woman appealed against the judgement before the District Court. The appeal was also dismissed in 1997 thereby confirming the judgement passed by the sub-court in favour of the defendants.

Aggrieved against judgements passed by the lower courts, the petitioner filed an appeal before the High Court. This appeal was dismissed on November 26 for want of sufficient documents to prove the petitioner’s case and hence the review petition.

“The courts below on the basis of fragile evidence… have uniformly come to the conclusion that the sale deed is nothing but void. In fact, this court has also closely perused the entire evidence. Therefore, viewing from any angle, the judgement rendered by this Court is not liable to be reviewed and there is no apparent error in the judgement rendered by this court,” the Judge said.

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