The Bombay High Court on Tuesday gave a major relief to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his family in the alleged disproportionate assets case. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe into the alleged disproportionate assets of Thackeray and his family.
The PIL filed by city resident Gauri Bhide sought a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to conduct a thorough and fair investigation against the former chief minister and his family. Describing herself as a ‘serious and vigilant’ citizen, the petitioner said that she wanted to help the Government of India in unearthing disproportionate assets.
A division bench of Justice Dheeraj Thakur and Justice Valmiki Menezes dismissed the petition. The petition said Bhide was impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fight against corruption and claimed that he had evidence to show that the Thackeray family had amassed wealth illegally.
It claimed that Uddhav Thackeray and his family have never disclosed any service, profession or business as their official source of income. Senior advocates Aspi Chinoy and Ashok Mundargi, appearing for Thackeray, argued that the PIL has been filed on the basis of assumptions and has no factual basis.
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