The Bombay High Court has said procedural reasons caused a delay in hearing the plea against Uddhav Thackeray and his family over alleged disproportionate assets.
The plea prayed for central agencies to conduct an impartial probe into alleged disproportionate assets of ex-Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (File)
By Vidya : The Bombay High Court, while hearing a plea seeking investigation against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Wednesday sought a report from the Registrar on whether the petitioner is capable of representing herself in the case.
The report has to be submitted before November 22.
The public interest litigation (PIL) had been filed by Dadar resident Gauri Bhide and her father. She and her father appeared in person, as she claimed that no lawyer was willing to take their case.
On Wednesday, the court ordered the petitioners to include a statement in their plea stating that they were not filing the PIL for personal or private gain.
As soon as the plea was called for hearing, Advocate Joel Carlos, representing the Thackeray family, informed the bench of Justices SV Gangapurwala and SG Dige that the formal procedure for removing office objections had not been followed.
Bhide and her father objected and stated that it had already been done.
Informing the court that she had appeared before the Registrar and had been interviewed, Bhide added that the Registrar told her that the necessary documents would be forwarded to the bench. However, those documents were not before the court when the PIL came up for hearing late in the evening.
The bench then told the petitioners that the documents in the plea were not in the proper format, so they had to submit a fresh petition.
The plea will now be heard on November 22, but it is subject to compliance with these formalities.
Bhide’s plea prayed for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to conduct “thorough and impartial” investigations into the alleged disproportionate assets of former Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his family.
The plea states that Bhide is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fight against corruption, and she has annexed documents as exhibits to her petition “which elaborate the way in which corruption has taken place and huge properties and assets have been accumulated illegally” by Uddhav Thackeray and his family.