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SC Rejects Petition Seeking Dismissal of Uddhav Thackeray Government

"Are you saying that just because a Bollywood actor died, the State is not following provisions of the Constitution?" Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde asked.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL seeking the dismissal of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra and the imposition of President’s rule in the state.

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 do not come here,” the top court said in a hearing conducted via video conferencing.

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.

According to LiveLaw, in response to this submission, CJI Bobde remarked, “Are you saying that just because a Bollywood actor died, the State is not following provisions of the Constitution?”

The CJI 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?” he asked, according to reports.

(With PTI inputs)