HC imposes Rs 20,000 fine for re-agitating decided matter

The Delhi High Court has imposed Rs 20,000 as cost on a litigant for filing a review plea against its earlier decision, which was taken with his nod.

"There is a disturbing trend these days that counsel having absolutely no idea about the main matter, file fresh vakalatnama and argue cases without understanding or knowing what had transpired in the court when the main order was passed dealing with the main matter," Justice Valmiki J Mehta said.

The court made the observation while dismissing a petition against a trial court verdict by one Naraindas R Israni, who had earlier been allowed by the high court to withdraw the plea. Israni's previous counsel had withdrawn the petition saying a remedy was available under the Arbitration and Conciliation Act.

Israni, however, engaged another lawyer and approached the court again seeking a review of its earlier order.  “Accordingly, this review petition being an abuse of process of law and an endeavour to repeatedly re-agitate the same matter, is dismissed with costs of Rs 20,000,” the court said.

“I understand the compulsion of the client to succeed at all cost but I fail to understand the attitude of the counsel in this respect,” the bench said.

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