THE Karnataka High Court has penalized a self-proclaimed fortune-teller T D R Harischandra Gowda, who claims to have foreseen the 26/11 terror attacks. Gowda has been penalized by the Court for filing a frivolous Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the authorities for failing to prevent the 26/11 attacks.

The fortune-teller had requested the Court through his PIL to order an investigation against the authorities for failing to prevent the Mumbai attacks in 2008 when he had anticipated the same in 2005. The HC, in turn, has penalized the petitioner by imposing a cost of Rs. 5,000 directing him to deposit the same to Kerala’s relief fund for the flood victims within 30 days.

The petitioner, who argued his own case, has promised the Court to not file such ‘frivolous’ PILs in future. Gowda has filed such frivolous petitions in the past too, which were also dismissed by the HC. One such petition was filed after the recent assembly elections, where he sought directions to the Governor for inviting him to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka to make the State corruption free.

The petitioner had written a letter dated November 26, 2000 to a Congress leader stating that if the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh conducts a special puja at Sri Venkatramana Swamy Temple the 26/11 attacks can be prevented.

Gowda has written such letters to former President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well. In this context, the Court had questioned the petitioner about the delay of eight years in filing the petition, for which no proper answer was given by the petitioner.
By : LAWRATO.COM

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