NEW DELHI: A “social worker’ seeking court’s direction to ban sale and use of

Coca Cola

and Thums Up ended up paying fine of Rs five lakhs as

the Supreme Court

on Thursday imposed the

cost

on him for misusing PIL for extraneous reasons.

A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, Hemant Gupta and

Ajay Rastogi

questioned the

petitioner

for targeting only two brands of the cold drinks in his petition. It also said that the PIL has been filed by Umedsinh P Chavda without having scientific and technical knowledge on the issue.

Chavda alleged that the soft drinks are detrimental to health and their sale and consumption be banned.

“The petition has been filed without the petitioner having any technical knowledge on the subject. The source of his assertions has not been substantiated. No justification or explanation is forthcoming during the submissions on why two specific brands in particular are chosen to be the target of the proceedings,” the bench said.

The court said that the petition has been filed for extraneous reasons and it is a misuse of PIL.

“We have come to the conclusion that invocation of the jurisdiction under Article 32 is not a bona fide recourse to the jurisdiction in a public interest litigation. Consequently, besides dismissing the petition an order directing the imposition of exemplary costs is necessary,” the bench said and directed him to deposit Rs five lakhs in registry within a month.

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