Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking removal of Maharashtra government, President's rule

Updated: 16 October, 2020 17:22 IST | mid-day online correspondent | New Delhi

Cancelling the plea, a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said that it could not entertain prayers like these

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of the Uddhav Thackeray-led government in Maharashtra and the President’s rule in the state.

Cancelling the plea, a bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said that it could not entertain prayers like these.

“As a petitioner, you are at liberty to approach the President, but don't come here,” the apex court said.

One Vikram Gehlot had filed the PIL seeking dismissal of the 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 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.

The Chief Justice remarked: "Is the petitioner implying that just because a Bollywood actor has died, the state is not following the Constitution? You know how big Maharashtra is?"

The bench questioned how the petitioner could say that in the backdrop of some incidents the Constitution was not followed in the state.

The petitioner argued that if not the whole state, at least Mumbai and neighbouring districts should be brought under the control of the armed forces. The petitioner insisted that a state of emergency should be declared in Maharashtra.

Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress have formed an alliance government in Maharashtra.

(With inputs from agency)

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First Published: 16 October, 2020 14:47 IST

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