HC seeks speedy inquiry, action in bogus ration cards case
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
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
The state government informed the court that it had asked
the Pune Collector to conduct an inquiry and submit a report
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.
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