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The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking amendment in the law to ban same ‘gotra’ (sub-caste) marriages, calling the petition ‘a waste of time’.

‘You don’t know what is gotra? Which Hindu text prescribes banning of sagotra (same clan) marriage? Why are you wasting the time of the court?’ asked the bench.

A vacation bench of Justice S.N. Dhingra and Justice A.K. Pathak asked petitioner Naresh Kadyan to pay a fine for wasting the time of the court and ordered him to withdraw the PIL.

‘If you are not able to substantiate your words, then you should not have come before the court,’ the bench said.

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