The Rajasthan assembly passed a legislation to curb vexatious litigation, becoming the fifth state in India after Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh to pass Vexatious Litigation (Prevention) Bill, 2015.
- Assembly passed three Bills — The Prisons (Amendment) Bill, Rajasthan Police (Amendment) Bill and Rajasthan Vexatious Litigation (Prevention) Bill
- The Prison (Amendment) Bill is aimed at improving the efficiency of prisons and checking violence and gang wars.
- The Rajasthan Police (Amendment) Bill provides Fine of Rs 500 for anyone who creates a nuisance on the road and obstructs or injures a person or property; For the second incidence, the fine will be Rs 5,000; For the third incidence Rs 10,000 and eight days jail
- The Rajasthan Vexatious Litigation (Prevention) Bill 2015 which forbids people from petitioning in lower and high courts on unreasonable grounds i.e. to prevent filing of baseless cases and to check the misuse of law for personal benefits.
WHAT IS VEXATIOUS LITIGATION?
Person who has been habitually filing civil or criminal cases without any reasonable ground then court can declare the person to be a “vexatious litigant” and petition filled by this person is called vexatious litigation.
- Over 2.28 lakh cases are presently pending in the Rajasthan High Court, and almost 10-15 percent falls under this category.
Rajasthan CM – Vasundhara Raje
Rajasthan law n legal affairs minister – Rajendra Singh Rathore
Union Minister of Law and Justice – Devaragunda Venkappa (D.V.) Sadananda Gowda