On Thursday, the Bombay High Court referred to the petition seeking legal action against rebel Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde and other ministers as “a politically induced litigation” and said it would only hear the petition if Rs. 1 lakh in security was deposited. Utpal Chandawar, Abhijeet Ghule-Patil, Neelima Vartak, Hemant Karnik, Manali Gupte, Medha Kulkarni, and Madhavi Kulkarni filed a public interest litigation (PIL) petition, which was dismissed by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice M.S. Karnik.
The argument reads, “Citizens’ public rights are being disregarded as a result of the current political unrest in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Ministers’ disregard for their obligations to the electorate is making life difficult for the populace who have elected them.
The court noted in its order that “prima facie we are of the view that the PIL is politically induced and necessary research ought to have been made before the PIL jurisdiction is to be invoked.” In view of their insistence that it be heard, we direct security of Rs. 1 lakh to be deposited; otherwise, the petition shall be dismissed
The Ministers are attempting to secure personal gains by causing internal chaos within the State’s governance, rather than working for the community. You have chosen the Ministers; now act, the court commanded. Why should we pay attention? We believe that this litigation is being absolutely induced by politics at this point.
The petitioners did not conduct the necessary research. We order the petitioners to deposit a security deposit of one lakh rupees within two weeks.
The petitioner was questioned by the court regarding the rule requiring a minister or MLA to constantly reside in the city or state. Sarode then asked for some time to determine whether such a rule existed.
According to the HC, the PIL will be scheduled for a hearing three weeks after the petitioners make the payment. The PIL will be thrown out if they don’t deposit the money.
Additionally, the Bench denied a PIL petition that asked for the filing of a FIR against Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray, and Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut.