PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATIONS IN INDIA: AN ENUMERATED OVERVIEW AND MEASURES TO CURB ITS ABUSE

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Saurav Mishra
Symbiosis Law School, Noida


This article essentially covers up the entire view of Public Interest Litigation and its Indian perspective. This also aims at covering up certain snags that are attached with PIL’s in India and also how at times it is misused to cover up and for private motives rather than public motives for which it was essentially brought. Article also provides us with certain guidelines that the Supreme Court has framed in different case laws and how it has tried to provide us with a clear picture as to under what all categories the petitions are permissible under the courts. PIL and its Indian application had a certain sort of impact on the neighboring countries, this article very well highlights such impacts it had on its application in such countries. It also touches upon the various facets of the phenomenon of PIL. This Article provides certain measure that SC have taken to curb its abuse. Through the study of patterns of PIL in India it has been discovered that it is very vital and important for judiciary to keep a check on amount of frivolous petitions that are filed by people out of their personal interest, this article comprises of a discussion on that aspect as well. Finally, this paper concludes with summarizing the entire contents of this article and also in a manner suggest some measures that can be taken up for better utilization of such important and vital weapon for safeguarding public interest.


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