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Published: Monday, March 15, 2004, 22:23 [IST]
 
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SC quashes petition against Sachin's Ferrari
Monday, March 15 2004 16:53 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL challenging Government's decision to waive customs duty on star batsman Sachin Tendulkar's much-hyped imported Ferrari car after it was informed that a duty of over Rs 82 lakhs was paid by Fiat India on his behalf.

When the petitioner V M Bharadwaj, whose PIL was sought to be transferred to Apex Court by the Union Government, objected to the view of the court that the matter has become infructuous as the duty has been paid, a Bench headed by Chief Justice V N Khare termed the PIL as "frivolous" and warned of saddling him with costs of Rs 50,000.

On behalf of the Centre, Attorney General Soli J Sorabjee informed the court that a import duty of over Rs 82 lakhs was paid on behalf of Tendulkar by Fiat India Pvt Ltd for the racing car, which cost approximately Rs one crore.

Recording the statement of the Attorney General, the Bench disposed of the PIL pending before a High Court. However, the petitioner said he had certain objections to the manner in which the duty was waived.

When he persisted with arguing the matter, the Chief Justice said, "once the import duty is paid what is there to argue. It has become a fashion to file PIL. You people do not have any meaningful work but to file PILs."

PTI

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