New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday asked
a petitioner, challenging the decision to confer Padma Bhushan
on NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal, to show where has the
selection committee failed to meet the guidelines in his case.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Madan B
Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta granted time till April 5 and
asked petitioner S K Shah to furnish documents pertaining to
the alleged failure of the selection committee while
considering Chatwal`s name for the prestigious award.
Appearing for the Government, Additional Solicitor
General P P Malhotra submitted that following a Supreme Court
ruling, a high-level committee is constituted to consider
every aspect of all applicants before finalising their names.
The bench then asked the petitioner to prove where the
committee had failed to follow the stipulated norms.
"You cannot level wild allegations. There is a report of
the committee which has already considered all the
aspects...," the bench said.
Shah, appearing in person, alleged before the court that
Chatwal was involved in various economic offences.
Earlier, the petitioner had sought a direction to the
Centre to rescind the decision to confer the award on Chatwal
on various grounds, including his alleged involvement in
Besides Chatwal, the Centre and CBI have also been made
respondents in the Public Interest Litigation.