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High Court asks petitioner to deposit Rs 50,000 before hearing PIL

Bombay High Court

Mumbai/Shirdi: On a public interest litigation urging constitution of a new managing committee to run the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, the Bombay High Court has asked the petitioner to deposit Rs 50,000 as security to hear the matter and test his bonafides.

The order was passed recently by a bench of Justices S V Gangapurwala and V K Jadhav on a PIL filed by Sanjay Kale, a social worker.

“It is observed that this petitioner is in the habit of filing many PILs. In fact, one PIL with regard to functioning of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust is pending before this Court, in which various orders are passed with regard to the functioning of said Sansthan,” the Judges said in their order.

“This Court has appointed Ad-hoc Management Committee (to run the Saibaba trust) and even in Civil Application orders are passed with regard to formation of Selection/Expert committee.

The counsel, appearing for the petitioner, in this petition is also appearing in the other petition. Still the petitioner is insisting in proceeding with the present PIL,” the bench noted.

The Judges directed the petitioner to deposit Rs 50,000 as a security and so also to test the bonafides within two weeks.

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