Mumbai: Cracking the whip on bogus ration card holders, the Bombay High Court on Friday directed the Maharashtra government to stop supply of food grains and other commodities to them.
A division bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and MS Sonak was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Jayprakash Unecha two years back seeking a direction to the government to initiate steps to tackle the bogus ration cards issue.
"Once a ration card is found to be bogus, the government should stop supplying food grains and commodities to the holder of the card and also initiate steps to prosecute. Stop giving benefits to bogus ration card holders. This is siphoning of government funds," Justice Chandrachud said.
The bench has also directed the government to formulate a policy to deal with the issue by December 6.
"The government in an affidavit filed in November last year said that a committee has been formed and report would be submitted to the chief secretary. But nothing has been done till date," the court said.
The petition has been posted for hearing on December 6.