WHAT IS A PIL?
A PIL is a petition that an individual, a Non-Government Organization (NGO), or a group of citizens can file in the court seeking justice in cases that are of huge public interest. It does not necessarily affect the person or group of people filing it, but rather holds greater importance.
WHO CAN FILE PIL?
●Any Indian Citizen can file a PIL.
●The only rule is that the petition should not be for a private cause rather than a public interest.
PIL FOR SUSPENSION OF RED-LIGHT VIOLATION CHALLAN-
In the month of May, this year, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed asking the Delhi High Court to suspend the issuing of challan due to Red-Light violations till the covid situation in Delhi is under control.
The petitioner Utkarsh Trivedi, a law student, petitioned for the cause in Delhi that suspension of the challan should be made till the circumstances improve.
●He also said that the corona patients are already suffering a lot as they are not receiving proper medical facilities in the hospitals.
●He mentioned in the petition that the Challan System under the Motor Vehicles Act is costing these patients crucial time that can be instead utilized for treating them.
Justice D N Patel and Jasmeet Singh dismissed the PIL saying that petition is not relevant and the petitioner has not studied the case well. They also mentioned that the HC has already permitted ambulances to go directly without worrying about the red light.