Mumbai : The Bombay High Court slammed a petitioner for being ambiguous and vague in terms of his prayers. The petitioner has alleged ‘serious’ anomalies in the allotment of Nashik-based land to Mumbai Educational Trust (MET).
It must be noted that senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal is the chairman of MET.
On Friday, the public interest litigation was heard by a division bench presided over by Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Prakash Naik.
The advocate appearing for petitioner Hemant Patil told the bench that there have been serious anomalies in the allotment of a piece of land in Nashik. He claimed that MET acquired the land ‘illegally’.
Countering him, senior counsel Prasad Dhakephalkar, appearing for MET, told the bench that petitioner has no substantial proof or document to prove his case. He also told the bench that the petitioner has made allegations based on certain news media reports.
Dhakephalkar also pointed out the ‘vagueness’ in the prayers of the petitioner as he (petitioner) sought direction to State government to come up with the exact numbers of land allotted to education institutes in the state.
Upon being informed, the bench asked the petitioner’s advocate about the same but with no response, the bench slammed him for filing a vague and ambiguous petition.
“You should apply your mind while filing a PIL. You cannot ask for such vague directions. People file PILs with ambiguous prayers resulting in pending of the petitions till years,” the bench said.
Pointing at the prayers, the bench said, “You have not done your work (of obtaining proper information) and now you want the State machinery to work on your behalf?”
“If you want details regarding land allotted, why don’t you file an RTI and get the same and then approach the court.”
Meanwhile, Dhakephalkar also informed the bench that due to such baseless allegations, the government had taken decision to withdraw the allotment of the said land to MET. However, the decision was set aside by another bench presided over Justice Suresh Gupte.
After hearing both the sides, the bench directed both the advocates along with advocate Neha Bhide, who represented the State government, to taken instructions regarding the orders passed by Justice Gupte.
The bench will next hear the matter on September 21.