HC refuses to entertain PIL in godman episode involving Amruta
Mumbai : The Bombay High Court today refused to hear a public interest litigation seeking inquiry by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and CBI into the alleged incident of a self-styled godman giving a necklace to Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s wife Amruta.
A division bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice M S Sonak asked petitioner Anil Kokane to approach the concerned authority with a representation.
“The petitioner has sought investigation into the alleged activities and collusion between respondent 1 (Amruta Fadnavis) and respondent 2 (Guru Guruvanand Swamy). But the petitioner has not made any complaints before any authority before approaching this court. In such circumstances, this court cannot hear the petition,” the court said.
The court permitted Kokane to withdraw his PIL and file representation or complaint before the concerned authority.
Kokane in this PIL sought direction to ED, CBI and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) to conduct inquiry with respect to alleged “religious, political and financial collusion between Amruta Fadnavis and the self-styled godman”.
“Amruta should also apologise to the general public for promoting such fraudsters (Godmen),” the petition sought.
The petition states that on February 9 this year Guruvanand Swamy of Tirupati in South India presented a necklace to Amruta from thin air allegedly using his tantric powers. “The next day (10/2/16) Amruta said the Guru is highly qualified and well reputed,” the petition claimed.