The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that actor Shah Rukh Khan had violated several Development Control (DC) rules while renovating his bungalow, Mannat, and for constructing a building. One of the petitioners, Manav Joshi, who was also former president of the NGO Brashtachar Nirmoolan, was removed from the NGO following corruption charges.
“A corrupt man cannot come to court and say that so and so is corrupt,” remarked Justice Ranjana Desai, while dismissing the PIL filed by Brashtachar Nirmoolan and Joshi against Khan. The corruption charges against Joshi came to light after the high court had imposed a cost of Rs 40 lakh on him in January for filing a frivolous PIL seeking demolition of a building at Peddar Road.
Shakuntala Joshi, advocate for Brashtachar Nirmoolan, argued that they had dismissed Joshi from the post of president in last November. But, they approached the high court seeking deletion of his name from the PIL only in July as they had first approached the Charity Commissioner.
The PIL, filed by Brashtachar Nirmoolan in April 2007, also alleged that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had favoured Khan by permitting him constructions that violated the law.
A division bench of Justice Desai and Justice RV More was hearing two different petitions against Khan’s bungalow. The other PIL by activist Simpreet Singh and Amit Maru will be heard after three weeks. They have alleged mass violations by Khan for bringing up a seven-storied building behind his heritage bungalow, on the space, which was earlier, reserved for an art gallery.