PIL against Tatkare withdrawn as HC refuses to hea
Mumbai: A PIL, seeking a CBI probe against Maharashtra Minister Sunil Tatkare and his family members for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income, was on Monday withdrawn after the Bombay High Court said it was not inclined to entertain it.
A division bench of Justices S A Bobade and Mridula Bhatkar told the petitioner Rajendra Phanse, General Secretary of Thane-based political party 'Dharmarajya Paksha', that he should have gone to some forum to file a complaint before approaching the High Court.
The bench observed that the petitioner had options such as approaching an investigating agency or the government over the allegations, before moving the High Court.
Phanse alleged that Tatkare's family members have acquired several properties in Raigad district during his tenure as a Cabinet minister.
Tatkare's son Aniket and daughter Aditi are directors in 25 private companies, through which, over 250 acres of land was purchased at Dughadwadi and Ambivali in 2008-09, the petition alleged.
Phanse sought a CBI inquiry, claiming that as the Home Department is with NCP, to which, Tatkare belonged, the police would not conduct a fair investigation.