Petition against PM, Sonia dismissed
The Delhi HC dismisses a plea seeking action against PM and Sonia for hosting a party, allegedly to seek votes.Updated: Sep 17, 2007, 12:32 IST
The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking action against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for hosting a dinner party for MPs, prior to the Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections, allegedly to seek their votes.
Holding the petition as a "politically-motivated" one, Justice V B Gupta imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner, who is a practicing lawyer in the High Court.
"The petitioner has failed to prove locus in the case and it has been filed on the basis of heresay. It is devoid of any merit. The petition is nothing but an abuse of process of law and it has to be discouraged," Justice Gupta said, while imposing a cost.
The court was passing the order on advocate Ravinder Kumar's petition challenging a trial court's order, which refused to entertain the complaint filed against the Prime Minister along with some top political leaders of the country.
Dismissing the petition, the court said, "No abuse of law was committed by the trial court and only the Supreme Court can inquire into the disputes arising in connection with the Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections."