New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a PIL seeking a probe into the alleged land deals of Robert Vadra, observing that public interest litigation route could not be taken to target and tarnish the reputation of any person.

“In the name of the PIL (Public Interest Litigation), we will not allow you to destroy the reputation of a person. Merely because someone is linked to a politician, he can’t be called as sinner,” the court told the petitioner, advocate ML Sharma.

While the Haryana government has declared Vadra’s land deals as transparent and legitimate, a senior IAS officer, Ashok Khemka, cancelled one of the deals struck by him with realty major DLF last year.

The petitioner had also asked the court to undo a government auditor’s order to stop the inquiry against licenses issued to Vadra’s company and other builders in Haryana between 2005 and 2012.

“Your petition says Haryana government had given licenses for 21000 acres, then why are you targeting only one person?” the court asked. The petitioner then withdrew his petition. The court made the observations after the petitioner failed to submit a copy of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s letter cancelling the probe.

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