Recently, the Allahabad High Court reprimanded a petitioner for including casual allegations against a woman in his petition. She had not even been made a party to the proceedings in question. (Shiv Ram v. State of UP and ors)
The petition included allegations regarding the existence of a sex racket that was knitted by numerous women. The petitioner urged the Allahabad High Court to instruct the Kanpur Nagar Senior Superintendent of Police, to take strict measures regarding the same. The division Bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agrawal observed that one specific woman had been targeted in the petition, and even though she was even not made a party to the case, multiple allegations were levelled against her. The order stated that although several women were implicated, ill-founded and reckless allegations were made against a woman in particular.
The High Court bench observed that in accordance with the averments in the representation, the petitioner possesses multiple video cassettes and audio recordings regarding the issue. However, the woman implicated in these allegations has not been made a party to the proceedings.
The High Court disapproved of the petitioner’s conduct and opined that the woman’s identification was needlessly disclosed in the writ petition. Concluding, the Court held that minimum standard of decency should have been maintained and disclosing the identification of the woman, in the manner displayed in the instant petition for writ, was unnecessary.
The Allahabad High Court dismissed the petition, while adding that the police authority was permitted to make discreet inquiry regarding the matter at hand.