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Supreme Court of India imposed a fine of $123 thousand on Upendra Nath Dalai, who filed a suit to recognize him as Paramatma - the Supreme God of Hinduism, Hindustan Times reported.

The man's claim itself was dismissed by the judge, and the plaintiff was fined for publicly claiming to be a deity.

"India is a secular country, we approve of the official recognition of a subject as a god, much less a supreme god," the report said.

Commenting on its decision, the Supreme Court said the petition was a "public mishap" and that the punishment would serve as an example to others who might want to repeat the Indian's act. The man is reportedly required to pay a hefty fine within a month.

"Now people will think four times before filing such petitions," the judge said.

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