HC seeks speedy inquiry, action in bogus ration cards case
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 21:26
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to ensure that inquiry into bogus ration cards scam is completed soon and action is taken against the errant officers.

The division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar was hearing a PIL filed by Jayprakash Unecha, alleging that hundreds of bogus ration cards were in circulation in Pune district.

The state government informed the court that it had asked the Pune Collector to conduct an inquiry and submit a report immediately.

The government had also issued a circular ordering similar inquiries in several other districts, its lawyer said.

Following this submission, the court disposed of the petition but directed the state to ensure speedy action.

At the last hearing, court had come down heavily on the petitioner for suppressing some facts. Unecha had cited the example of two persons -- Gulabchand Danji and Babulal Sharma -- who run rationing shops and allegedly had bogus cards.

But court noted that Unecha did not reveal that Danji was his father-in-law and he was trying to settle a personal score with Danji through the PIL. The bench had then asked Unecha to deposit Rs 50,000 as security.

However, considering the serious issue raised by the petitioner, court had on its own directed the government to inform what action it proposed to take against the officers who were responsible for proliferation of bogus cards.


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 21:26

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