SC rejects plea for dismissal of Thackeray government

SC & Uddhav Thackeray

The top court of the country on Friday declined to entertain a public interest litigation, seeking the dismissal of Maha-Vikas-Aghadi government, led by Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra and the imposition of President’s rule in the state.

The NCP, the Shiv Sena and the Congress joined by independents and smaller parties formed the Maharashtra-Vikas-Aghadi government, led by Thackeray in November last year.

One Vikram Gehlot had filed the PIL seeking dismissal of Uddhav government alleging that the affairs of the state were not being carried out in line with constitutional and legal provisions. The plea had referred to the examples of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the demolition of part of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s property as examples of poor law and order in the state.

Responding to the PIL, a bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian said that it could not entertain prayers like these. As a petitioner, you are at liberty to approach the President but do not come here, the bench said while hearing the PIL through a video conferencing.

The chief justice Bobde even remarked, “Are you saying that just because a Bollywood actor died, the State is not following provisions of the Constitution?” He also pointed out that all the instances of alleged breakdown of law and order were within Mumbai. “Do you know how big the state of Maharashtra is?” the chief justice further asked.