MP government tables Bill to prevent ‘vexatious’ litigation

The Bill does not allow for any appeal against such an order in the state but provides exemption for litigants to approach the Supreme Court.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: July 23, 2015 2:12 am

Under fire for the Vyapam admissions and recruitment scam, which is now being probed by the CBI, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday tabled a Bill in the state assembly seeking to prevent “vexatious litigation” in courts.

The main purpose of the proposed Madhya Pradesh Tang Karnewali Mukadmebaji (Nivaran) Bill, 2015 — Madhya Pradesh Vexatious Litigation (Prevention) Bill, 2015 — is to prevent persons from initiating litigation “without reasonable grounds” in the high court and subordinate courts.

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The state Cabinet had approved the proposed law in March, following a recommendation by the registrar general of the Madhya Pradesh High Court in August 2014 to lessen the burden on courts.

The proposed law will allow the state’s advocate general to file an application in the High Court to declare a person “a vexatious litigant” and stop him or her from initiating any civil or criminal litigation without prior permission of the court.

According to the Bill, the order will also direct such litigants to withdraw the cases already filed.

The Bill does not allow for any appeal against such an order in the state but provides exemption for litigants to approach the Supreme Court.

The Bill empowers the High Court to frame rules to implement the provisions of the proposed legislation.

The Madhya Pradesh Cabinet gave its nod to the proposed law in March this year. The Cabinet decision followed a recommendation by the Registrar General of the High Court in August 2014 to lessen the burden on courts.

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