HC dismisses PIL against Prithviraj Chavan
The court also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday
dismissed a public interest litigation challenging the
election of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to
Rajya Sabha in 2008 alleging that he had not disclosed all
details of his properties.
A Pune-based social worker Hemant Patil had filed the
PIL alleging that Chavan had not disclosed details of his flat
in suburban Wadala while filing his nomination for the Rajya
Sabha elections in 2008.
Chavan was a Rajya Sabha member till November 2010 when
he became chief minister of the state.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice
Roshan Dalvi while dismissing the PIL observed that it was
frivolous and filed without accurate and genuine information.
The court also imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the
Patil had in December last year moved the high court with
a similar plea but was asked to approach the Election
Commission with his grievance.
He, however, filed a fresh PIL in March this year
claiming that the Election Commission had refused to take
action on his plea.
According to Patil, Chavan had violated the provisions
of Peoples Representative Act by submitting `false` affidavit
of income before the concerned authorities. He sought for an
enquiry to be ordered into the allegations against the chief
Patil informed the High Court that he had written
letters to Chief Election Commissioner and also to the Chief
Electoral Officer of Maharashtra. But no action was taken