Why haven’t you prosecuted Bal Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray?” asked Justice J.N. Patel while hearing a suo motu PIL against political vandalism.
The HC had converted former Mumbai police chief Julio Rebeiro’s letter into a PIL.
The court has given the additional chief secretary, Home, two weeks to file an affidavit, explaining government action against political vandalism.
“If you don’t want to prosecute them (leaders), then say that in the affidavit. And pay compensation to those whose properties are damaged,” said Justice Patel.
Additional government pleader Niranjan Pandit said the government fined MNS activists for damaging the registrar’s office at Mumbai University last January and sent a notice to Congress leader Narayan Rane’s supporters for vandalising a Marathi daily’s office in 2009. “What about Rane? What about Raj (Thackeray)?” asked Justice Patel. “Leaders mean top leaders who decide the policy of their party. You are not interested in prosecuting them.”