Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday pulled up a sitting Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for not following the legal process of filing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The PIL was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sanjay kelkar.
In his petition, Kelkar had sought registration of FIR against 300 technical and engineering colleges across Maharashtra for allegedly providing false information. He alleged that these colleges have provided false information to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the authority which extends the licences of these colleges.
A division bench presided over by Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Anuja Prabhudesai asked Kelkar’s lawyer if he has approached the police before filing this PIL. The negative answer from Kelkar’s lawyer irked the bench, which came down heavily on the MLA.
Fuming over the submissions, Justice Oka said, “You (Kelkar) are a MLA and had the option to raise this issue in assembly, but did you ever make any attempt to do so? You first do your duty properly then expect it from others.”
“You have come here alleging that some colleges have indulged into malpractices and that they are not following law but have you followed basic process of law? Before filing this PIL, you should have had approached the police and if there was no action from them, then you could have approached this court,” Justice Oka said.
The matter would be next heard on January 24.