Twenty five Supreme Court judges would contribute in the relief funds for the victims of flood in Kerala which has seen the large scale devastation of lives and properties, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today said.
A bench of the CJI and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud made this observation during the hearing of a PIL in which it was contemplating imposing a cost of Rs 25 lakh on a litigant for filing an "improper application" in a PIL on which the verdict has already been reserved.
Attorney General K K Venugopal, who termed the matter a fit case for initiation of contempt proceedings, also advised that the cost, to be imposed, to be given to the Kerala Chief Minister's flood relief fund.
"We are also making some contribution in the fund... the judges of this court would also make their contribution for the relief of the victims," the CJI told Venugopal, who recently hogged the limelight by announcing that he would be contributing Rs one crore to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.
Apex court judge Justice Kurian Joseph, who hails from the flood-ravaged state, has been active in ensuring and arranging relief materials for the state.
According to the apex court sources, the judges will contribute Rs 25,000 each to the relief fund.
Venugopal's son and senior advocate Krishnan Venugopal also contributed Rs 15 lakh towards the relief fund.
A group of Delhi-based Malayali lawyers had earlier initiated a collection drive and dispatched eight truck-load full of necessary supplies including clothes for victims, sanitary napkins, candles, baby food, mugs, buckets, biscuits, water bottles, medicines, soaps etc, in a Navy aircraft.
Justice Joseph had actively taken part in the collection drive and had spent over six hours in support of the lawyers collecting supplies at the flood relief collection point near the apex court.
He had also contributed a significant amount for flood relief activities for Kerala.
Senior lawyer Jaideep Singh contributed Rs five lakh towards the distress relief fund. -- PTI