The Delhi High Court on Monday declined to interfere with the Centre's decision to confer Padma Bhushan on US-based NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal and dismissed a PIL seeking its direction to the government to rescind the decision.
A Bench headed by acting Chief Justice Madan B Lokur decided not to interfere in the government's decision when it found that no rules were flouted while honouring the hotelier who was alleged to be involved in criminal cases.
The bench took the decision after going through the original documents placed before it by the Centre and it found no substance in the allegation that proper procedure was not followed in the case of Chatwal.
The court said there are no case pending against Chatwal as alleged by the petitioner S K Shah.
Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, appearing for the government, said all rules and regulations were followed while taking the decision to honour Chatwal as a high-level committee considers every aspect of all applicants before finalising their names.
Shah, appearing in person, had alleged Chatwal was involved in various economic offences.
The Centre, however, informed the court that no case is pending against him as CBI has withdrawn the proceedings.