Courts overburdened with dishonest litigants dodging debts by resorting to non-existent, mercy jurisdiction of writ courts: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court recently noted that the courts are often burdened with dishonest petitions filed by litigants who try to dodge debts by resorting to non-existent mercy jurisdiction of writ courts. The Madras High Court recently imposed a fine of 1lakh on such a frivolous petitioner.

A Division bench of the Madras High Court passed an order after noting that there is an alternative remedy for the petitioner and the governing law also recognises it.

In the present case, the petitioner had asked the court to approach the bank so that they may consider his representation for an amicable settlement in a matter related to repayment of a loan. The Court rejected the petition after making an observation that the petitioner may pursue his grievance before the appropriate forum. In this regard, the Court also ordered the petitioner to pay Rs. 1 lakh as costs to the respondent bank.

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