Delhi High Court fines two protesting pope mourning

New Delhi, India - The High Court in New Delhi has fined two men 10,000 rupees for legally challenging the mainly Hindu country's official three days of mourning for the death of Pope John Paul, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The court said the petition urging the government not to declare official mourning for people "less significant for our country" and complaining of lost working days was a publicity-seeking "abuse of process".

It was not clear if the two men, one of them a college lecturer, must pay 10,000 rupees each or the combined amount together.