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SC refuses to entertain plea on colony licences

PTI  New Delhi, October 28, 2013
First Published: 18:29 IST(28/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:33 IST(28/10/2013)

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a CBI investigation into licences granted to several real estate developers, including the one with which Robert Vadra is associated, for developing colonies in Haryana.

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The apex court pulled up the petitioner for targeting only Vadra while the names of other people who were also granted licences were not mentioned in the petition, saying it was done for "cheap publicity".

"Why you chose only one person? Let us clarify that in the name of PIL we are not going to sully the name of a particular person. Merely because he is related to a political family, you cannot call him a sinner," a bench of justice HL Dattu and justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

The bench questioned advocate ML Sharma, who filed the petition, on other prayers of his plea in which he pleaded to quash a decision of the state government.

The bench while appreciating Sharma's work in recent past on various issues said he should focus on good work instead of indulging in publicity.

"Don't spoil the name of a person for cheap publicity. You should channel your energy for people in need instead of cheap publicity," the bench said. Sharma submitted that the plea was not targeting any person but was only pointing out Vadra's name as one of the cases.

The petition had sought quashing of a reported order for stopping audit inquiry against colony licence issued to Skylight Hospitality Private Limited, with which Vadra is said to be associated.

The petitioner had claimed that the department of town and country planning issued hundreds of licences for more than 21,000 acres spread over Gurgaon and other parts of the state from 2005 to 2012.

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