The Delhi High Court has dismissed the petitioner's appeal to the appointment of an NCLAT Technical Member and fined him 25,000 rupees.
A public interest litigation contesting the nomination of a technical member to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal was rejected with costs by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday. The appointment was made by the search and select committee headed by the Chief Justice of India and in conformity with law, the Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh said.
The Bench further questioned the petitioner NGO, India Awake for Transparency's, locus, stating that it has regularly filed such petitions and, despite the fact that the petitions have been dismissed with costs by several courts, it has failed to deposit the money. The Court also indicated its concern with the petitioner's licence being revoked, but did not include this in its affidavit. As a result, the petitioner NGO was fined $25,000 in fees. The same organisation had previously drawn the displeasure of the Karnataka High Court, which fined it ten lakh rupees for "abusing the process of law" by submitting multiple petitions alleging misconduct by Wipro founder Azim Premji.