Allahabad HC Dismisses PIL Calling for Uttar Pradesh CM to Refrain from Using ‘Yogi’ Title

Yogi Adityanath, CM of UP

Shivani Thakur

Published on: April 26, 2022 at 16:46 IST

The Allahabad High Court dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking directions to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to disclose his full name, and refrain him from using ‘Yogi’ as a title in Official Communication.

A Bench of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Piyush Agrawal imposed ₹1 Lakh costs on the Petitioner and said that, “We find this Petition to be totally misconceived, filed with ulterior motive by a political person, without disclosing his complete credentials and concealing Material Facts from the Court. Hence, the same is dismissed.”

The Petitioner had filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for furnishing information regarding the Chief Minister’s name, showing different documents that the Chief Minister was using different names at different places, on different occasions.

After examining precedents, the Bench concluded that the Petition was totally misconceived and filed with ulterior motives by a political person.

He being a political person, deliberately chose to conceal his identity while filing the Writ Petition, apparently with some ulterior motive or cheap publicity.”

He claimed that he had been certified to be an illiterate person by the Election Commission of India, a fact which was belied on the face of it from the conduct and presentation of the case by the Petitioner. He was arguing his Case in English. He was carrying copy of the Constitution of India and could read the same very well,” it was observed.

The Court dismissed the Petition and the Petitioner was saddled with costs of Rs. 1 lakh.

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