The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to expunge strictures passed against former Maharashtra chief minister Manohar Joshi by the Bom-bay high court, in a case where a plot reserved for a school was dereserved to favour a company owned by his son-in-law for constructing a housing complex.
A bench headed by Justice R V Raveendran, however, set aside the order for conducting criminal investigation against Joshi, who had, during his tenure as chief minister, facilitated the transfer of the land.
The bench asked Joshi, a prominent Shiv Sena leader, to pay Rs 25,000 to the petitioners who had filed a PIL.
"The strictures passed by the High Court against the then chief minister of Maharashtra Manohar Joshi and the then minister of state Ravindra Mane are maintained. The prayer to expunge these rema-rks is rejected... The then chief minister and the then minister of state shall each pay cost of Rs 15,000 to each of the two petitioners in the high court towards these ten appeals, over and above the cost of Rs10,000 awarded by the high court in the writ petitions payable by each of them to the two writ petitioners," the bench said.