Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on controversial godman Swami Om and Delhi-based industrialist Mukesh Jain while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against appointment of Odisha born Justice Dipak Mishra as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI).

A division bench headed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court JS Khehar ordered Om and Jain to deposit the amount within a month while saying that the petition was filed to grab public attention only.

Om and Jain had filed the PIL challenging the appointment of Justice Mishra as the next CJI. They had argued the present Chief Justice recommending the name of next CJI is unconstitutional and said only the President of India has the right to choose the next CJI.

The bench dismissed the PIL saying the same is ‘a publicity stunt’.

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Om is not new to controversy. He is infamous for his sexiest comments on reality show Big Boss. A Delhi court had also declared him a “proclaimed offender”.