PIL over expenses on Modi`s fast withdrawn

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 00:07

Ahmedabad: A PIL seeking direction from
the Gujarat High Court to state government to recover Rs 60
crore, allegedly spent on the three-day `Sadbhavana` fast,
from Chief Minister Narendra Modi was withdrawn today after
the division bench termed it `premature and baseless`.

The PIL, filed by NGO Vikalp Trust on Monday, sought
court`s directions to Gujarat Government authorities to
explain about the expenses for the three-day `Sadbhavana` fast
observed by Modi at the Gujarat University Convention Centre
here.

The petition had also sought recovery of Rs 60 crore,
which it said was spent on the event, from Modi claiming the
fast was a `drama` staged by the chief minister for publicity
and to gain political mileage on tax payers` money.

A division bench of Chief Justice A L Dave and Justice
J B Pardiwala heard the matter at length for over two hours
and then observed that the PIL was premature and baseless.

The Bench further said that the PIL lacked credible
information and was not legally maintainable.

The court said that PIL lacked basic information on
the expenditure of the event and on the basis of allegations
made by the petitioner and his demand for recovery of money.

It also observed that the PIL was based on media
reports and the petitioner had not even verified it with
facts.

The state government also opposed the PIL saying that
it lacked merits.

Ahmedabad: A PIL seeking direction from
the Gujarat High Court to state government to recover Rs 60
crore, allegedly spent on the three-day `Sadbhavana` fast,
from Chief Minister Narendra Modi was withdrawn today after
the division bench termed it `premature and baseless`.

The PIL, filed by NGO Vikalp Trust on Monday, sought
court`s directions to Gujarat Government authorities to
explain about the expenses for the three-day `Sadbhavana` fast
observed by Modi at the Gujarat University Convention Centre
here.

The petition had also sought recovery of Rs 60 crore,
which it said was spent on the event, from Modi claiming the
fast was a `drama` staged by the chief minister for publicity
and to gain political mileage on tax payers` money.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 00:07

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