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HC quashes PIL against Chavan, penalises petitioner

Imposing a penalty of Rs 25,000 on a petitioner, the Bombay high court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation filed by a social worker, challenging chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s election to the Rajya Sabha, alleging he had not disclosed his property at the time of nomination.

mumbai Updated: Sep 23, 2011 02:52 IST
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Imposing a penalty of Rs 25,000 on a petitioner, the Bombay high court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation filed by a social worker, challenging chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s election to the Rajya Sabha, alleging he had not disclosed his property at the time of nomination.


The PIL was filed by a Pune-based social worker Hemant Patil, president of the NGO Rashtriya Bhrashtachar Virodhi Janshakti.

It alleged that Chavan had not disclosed ownership of a house in Venus Cooperative Housing Society, in affidavits annexed to his Rajya Sabha nomination papers.

However, a division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Roshan Dalvi dismissed the PIL, observing that it was frivolous and filed without accurate and genuine information.

The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.

Patil’s petition alleged that Chavan’s action amounted to a breach of the code of conduct , established under the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951. Chavan was allotted a flat through the chief minister’s quota, said the petition.

According to government pleader DA Nalawade, the petition had been filed without ascertaining the authenticity of the claims and with the aim to tarnish the reputation of the CM.

The petitioner urged the court to direct an enquiry into the allegations against Chavan and also sought legal action against him.

Patil had, in December last year, also moved the high court with a similar plea, but he was asked to approach the election commission with his grievance.

However, he filed a fresh PIL in March this year, claiming that the election commission refused to take action. Patil informed the high court that he had written letters to the chief election commissioner and the chief electoral officer of Maharashtra. But no action had been taken against Chavan.