The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Friday criticised the then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for unduly favouring the Congress legislator Dilip Sananda of Buldhana in a controversial money lending case.
A division bench of the court, comprising Justice, Ambadas Joshi and Justice Arun Choudhari has taken a strong exception for ordering from the chief minister office not to take any action against the Congress legislator in the matter of illegal money lending and land grabbing cases.
The court directed the government to inform all the ministers and secretaries that they should not be given such undue instructions to the police stations for bailing out people with such dubious credential.
It was alleged that the then chief minister Deshmukh himself pulled up local officials for taking action against Sanandas. The Congress legislator Dilip Sananda family is involved in money lending business and several cases were registered against them in this connection.
In response to a writ petition, filed by a farmer of Vidarbha, Sarandhar Chavan, the court has also directed the government to compensate the petitioner with Rs 25,000 for filing litigation against the Congress legislator.
Meanwhile, Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti that has been documenting the farmers suicide since 2001, demanded immediate removal of Deshmukh and Sananda from the party in the wake of High Court’s remarks. “There are more than 34 MLAs and MPs from the ruling Congress and NCP, who are directly involved in private money lending business in the region and responsible for farmers’ suicides,” Tiwari further said.
The farmers in the region resort to suicides because they are unable to repay money borrowed on high interest from unscrupulous lenders. Six farmers have ended their lives this month while the figure was 48 in February this year. Suicides by debt-ridden farmers in the region show no signs of abating despite several relief measures by the state and union governments. Tiwari blamed poor implementation of economic packages and lack of coordination among government agencies.