Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Law & Justice
08-December-2011 17:33 IST
Public Interest Litigations

The Government has said that the data regarding number of Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed in the Courts is not maintained by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, as the matter falls exclusively within the jurisdiction of the higher judiciary. The matter of entertaining or curbing PILs is within the domain of the Courts in which they are filed. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Law and Justice, said that the Supreme Court of India has, from time to time, provided certain guidelines in their various orders to check the misuse of PILs by unscrupulous elements.