SC throws out PIL to dismiss Thackeray govt
NEW DELHI, Oct 16: The Supreme Court on Friday threw out a PIL by three Delhites to impose the President's rule in Maharashtra, dismissing the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government.
"As a citizen, you are at liberty to approach the President with the demand, but do not come here," said the Bench of Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, noting that the Court can neither entertain nor intervene in such prayers.
"Are You Saying That Since A Bollywood Actor Has Died, Constitution Is Not Being Followed," the Bench asked while refusing to entertain the petition, which claimed the breakdown of the law and order situation as seen from the faulty probe into the death of actor and the demolition of a part of actress KangnaRanaut's property in Mumbai. The petition claims the affairs of the State were not being conducted in accordance with the Constitution and the legal provisions. The petitioners are social worker Vikram Gahlot and Supreme Court lawyes Rishabh Jain and Gautam Sharma, through advocate Dhananjay Jain. Gahlot is known for filing the PILs in the Apex Court on many issues.
Noting that the instances quoted for the alleged breakdown of law and order mentioned in the plea were situated in Mumbai, CJI Bobde asked: "Do you know how big the state of Maharashra is?"
During the brief hearing, the Court took strong note of the submissions, stressing that it cannot be said that the Constitution is not being followed in the state because of some incidents.