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HC slaps Rs 25,000 fine on Shobha Surendran over Sabarimala PIL

Kerala High Court on Tuesday came down heavily on BJP leader Shobha Surendran for raising flimsy allegations over the issue of police action in Sabarimala and slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on her.

She had filed a public interest litigation questioning police action in Sabarimala in the wake of protests to bar entry of young women to Sabarimala in the wake of the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court.

The court while rejecting the petition, admonished her for wasting its time and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. It said weird allegations were raised and such a petition was uncalled for. “People should not use the court for cheap publicity," it observed.

The action in case was only a reminder to all, it added. Shobha Surendran's advocate immediately apologised to the court and said the petition was being withdrawn. However, the court refused to accept withdrawal of the petition and directed that the petitioner should pay the fine. The fine amount of Rs 25,000 would have to be given to the Legal Service Authority, it said.