HC dismisses PIL, imposes fine on NGO
Mumbai, Feb 8 : Bombay High Court today dismissied a public interest litigation (PIL) against the investigation officer (IO) of the 2001 Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) answer paper scam after terming it 'motivated',
The Court had also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on the NGO, National Amnesty and Redemption Organisation.
A Division bench, consisting of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice K K Tated, while dismissing the PIL, directed the cost be recovered from the NGO's president, Deepak Kavetkar. The amount is to be deposited in the state treasury for the police department.
The state government has been asked to file a compliance report with the court.
The NGO had filed the PIL alleging that the investigation officer, Sudhakar Pujari, had underworld links and sought action against him.
However, the court clarified that they were not going into the merit of the case. 'At the same time, we place on record, the rejection of the PIL is not expression of opinion on the merits of the pending departmental inquiry against Pujari.'