Mumbai, Oct 25 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today disposed off a public interest litigation (PIL) that sought to implicate Maharashtra school education Minister Hasan Mushrif for his remarks about NCP MP from Kolhapur, Sadashivrao Mandlik.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice D Y Chandrachud gave liberty to the petitioner 'Just Society' to substantiate its allegations and file a fresh petition, while disposing off the PIL.
The petition was based on newspaper reports regarding statement of the Minister at a press conference on December 22 last year in Kolhapur, where he had claimed to have spent nearly two crore rupees on the election of Mandlik.
'Just Society' had contended that the statement, which was withdrawn and denied the very next day, amounted to an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act as both the persons fell within the definition of public servants and had sought them investigated by the Election Commission as well as the Income Tax department.
Advocate M L Patil, counsel for Mushrif, pointed out to the court that the statement was, in fact, denied the very next day and that it had asked the petitioner Society to substantiate its allegations.
The court then disposed off the petition when the counsel for the Society failed to substantiate the allegations.