SC slaps Rs 50k cost on 'chronic litigants'

The SC said that the appellants have only themselves to blame for the fines. DH file photo.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday imposed Rs 50,000 cost on “chronic litigants”, who had taken several courts for a ride by “fruitless litigation” for 51 years over a piece of land.

“The tenacity and stamina with which the appellants have been litigating for decades must be admired, but nothing else,” a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

The top court said the special court in Hyderabad and the then Andhra Pradesh High Court were justified in dismissing a land grabbing case as well as a writ petition filed by M Durga Singh and others against Yadgiri and others.

Durga Singh's counsel contended the suit filed before the civil court was without jurisdiction in view of the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 1982.

Wrong forum 

For this, the appellants have only themselves to blame and cannot hide behind the veil of a lack of jurisdiction of the civil court, the top court said.

It is now too late to contend that they approached the wrong forum, the bench said, adding the special court found that they failed to prove they were the owners of the property and the respondents trespassed on it. The court also said it was found that description and location of land were vague and unclear.

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