Sunday, 20 November 2011

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) vs Public Interest Petition (PIP)

  • Actor Imran Khan has taken on the state government for raising the drinking age to 25. The actor plans to file a public interest litigation against the new regulation.(Times of India)
  • The city-based NGO Aapla Parisar will file a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding reinstatement of former municipal commissioner Mahesh Zagade and probe into the NCP's role in the transfer.(ibid.)

A petition is as an official document in which you ask a court to take legal action (Macmillan Dictionary) whereas litigation is the use of the legal system to settle a disagreement (Macmillan Dictionary) or the process of taking legal action (Oxford English Dictionary).

Hence, one files a public interest petition (PIP), not a public interest litigation (PIL).


Here are a couple of links you might find interesting:-

1. Going forward

2. Name that thing is a visual vocabulary quiz in which you are shown an image an object and you need to choose its correct name (or the name of a specific part of an object indicated by an arrow) from among four options. A quiz consists of ten questions and at the end of it you can choose to take another quiz with a new set of images. You will certainly learn new words but it is unlikely that you will use many of them. It is interesting, nevertheless.

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