LUCKNOW: The Allahabad High Court today rejected a PIL against the 150th anniversary function of the High Court scheduled to be held on March 13.
"The petition, having failed to stand the scrutiny of law in the extraordinary jurisdiction of Article 226 of the Constitution of India, is hereby rejected with an earnest request to all members of the legal fraternity, particularly those who have nurtured the High Court with their toil and blood including the petitioner to make the forthcoming events of celebrations a memorable success notwithstanding their diverse opinions," the Court ordered.
A division bench of Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Justice Attau Rahman Masoodi gave this judgement on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition filed by a local lawyer Ashok Pandey.
The petitioner had said only 66 years had passed since the enforcement of the Constitution, hence, how could the 150th anniversary celebrations of the High Court be planned now.
The plan to celebrate the 150th anniversary was not proper, the petitioner had argued.
The PIL was opposed by Union of India.
"Having given a thoughtful consideration to the issue raised, we have been unable to find any reasonable or rationale ground to entertain this PIL on the issue of celebrations. The prayer made has therefore to be declined", the Court observed while rejecting the PIL.