The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking action against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and his son Uddhav for political vandalism saying, “What can we do when majority of people follow them?”
Actress Kunickaa Lall (42) had filed the PIL seeking orders to initiate action against the father-son duo and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for violence caused during protests against actor Shah Rukh Khan in the first week of February.
Referring to violent protests undertaken by Shiv Sainiks before the release of Shah Rukh Khan starrer My Name Is Khan, the actress’ lawyer Kunal Cheema contended that the leaders had created critical law and order situation in the city and the entire police force was deployed to bring the situation under control.
The lawyer added that crores of rupees were being spent on the Z+ security provided for the safety of the father-son duo while they were issuing threats and bringing lives of other citizens to a standstill.
He also mentioned about the threat issued by Thackeray to Australian Cricket players in the wake of racial attacks on Indians back there.
Kunickaa had stated in her petition that the state government had failed to complete its constitutional obligation and it seemed like it had allowed the Thackerays to issue extra-constitutional writs and run a parallel government.
The high court, however, found that no case was made out showing the state had failed in fulfilling its constitutional obligations.
Apart from the criminal actions, Kunickaa had also sought recovery, from the Thackerays, of the amount spent on providing them Z+ security, and the amount spent on police personnel deployed to bring under control the violent protests.