Case: Suraz India Trust v. Union of India

The Supreme Court issued contempt notice to Suraz India Trust Chairman Rajiv Daiya for scandalizing the Court.

It is clearly an endeavour to browbeat the Court and this Court will not countenance the same, the bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta said.

On May 1, 2017, the Supreme Court’s three-Judge bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India, J.S.Khehar, had imposed exemplary cost of Rs.25 lakh on the NGO, Suraz India Trust, for filing frivolous petitions, and wasting judicial time, and restrained the trust and its chairman, Rajiv Daiya, from filing any case, including PIL, in any court.

The Court, in September last year, issued notice to the Trust for not having *desposited the cost of Rs. 25 lakh in view of the observations made in its order dated May 1, 2017 and also required the disclosure of all movable and immovable assets of the original petitioner so that the costs can be recovered.

In February 2021, the court issued bailable warrants against Daiya for not depositing the cost of Rs. 25 lakh imposed on the NGO for filing 64 PILs before various High Courts and the Supreme Court without any success, and ‘repeatedly misusing’ the jurisdiction. Later in May 2021, the court issued notice of contempt to Rajiv Daiya strongly deprecating his conduct and noting the non-compliance of an Order which directed him to submit Rs. 25 lakhs costs over allegations levelled against Judges.

When the case was taken up last week, the State of Rajasthan brought to notice the letter addressed by Mr. Daiya in response to proceedings initiated by the concerned authorities to contend that they tend to scandalize the Court.

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