Farmer Gayadeen Adivasi, 45, walks through his dried-up field in the village of Lar Sauryana in Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Madhya Pradesh High Court Dismisses PIL Against Loan Waiver In The State

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday summarily dismissed a public interest litigation against the farm-loan waiver announced by the state government.

A division bench of Chief Justice SK Seth and Justice VK Shukla dismissed the PIL filed by lawyer Mohit Kumar due to lack of merit, calling it a “publicity manoeuvre”. “The petitioner could not satisfy us regarding the breach of any fundamental or legal rights (because of the loan waiver),” the bench said.

On Dec. 17, the newly-elected Congress government had issued an order to waive short-term farm loans up to Rs 2 lakh. The petition claimed that loan waivers might ruin the national economy.

The court in its order noted that when the petitioner was asked whether he had studied economics, he evaded the question.

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