Mumbai: Alleging malpractices by
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and other politicians
by purportedly making improper declaration of assets while
contesting state assembly elections, a PIL has urged the
Bombay High Court to institute a CBI inquiry.
The PIL alleged that the respondents who had won the
state assembly elections had failed to declare assets in toto.
"These candidates had adopted malpractices and won the
election with corrupt practices while committing breach of
rules and Code of Conduct," the PIL alleged.
Among the respondents are Chief Minister Ashok Chavan,
Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde`s daughter Pranati,
Industries Minister Rajendra Darda, Gopoinath Munde`s daughter
Pankaja Munde, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi, former Chief
Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh`s son Amit Deshmukh, President
Pratibha Patil`s son Rajendra Shekhawat Mumbai Congress chief
Kripashankar Singh and state NCP chief Madhukar Pichad.
The PIL, filed by social activist from Pune, Hemant
Baburao Patil, is expected to come up for hearing before a
division bench next week.
The PIL demanded a probe by CBI or other central
investigative agency into the assets acquired by these
politicians and suggested that if required the lawmakers may
be asked to undertake narco-test.
The PIL further said, "a government of the people has
remained a dream as power is now vested with money-holders and
money-makers who have made election process a toy in the hands
of capitalists. The common man still remains a common
man..harsh action needs to be taken by courts."