Summary of conclusions
For the reasons developed below, the Defendants succeed in their applications; all of the Claimant's claims and applications are dismissed as totally without merit; and I will make an ECRO in respect of the Claimant. It was clear, and indeed painfully clear, by the end of oral submissions that that must necessarily be the outcome and I therefore indicated as much to the parties, on the basis that detailed reasons would follow in a judgment to be handed down. The reason for reserving judgment, and for this judgment being as long as it is, is that it is necessary to set out the past history in some detail in order to explain quite how profoundly misconceived this litigation is. It is, I fear, a vain hope that the detailed explanation in this judgment will persuade the Claimant of that, and of the need to mend his ways. That is why an ECRO is needed and why I consider it appropriate to refer this judgment to the Attorney General.
v) That the Defendants are liable for damages in the sum of approximately £33.3 quadrillion, which paragraph 11 of his Particulars of Claim asserts to be the value of the gold in issue in his claim against Mr Sonawane.