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Bombay High Court asks how it can restrain Maharashtra Governor from speaking – India Today

The court said it wanted to go through the documents and therefore did not give a specific date for hearing the Kandivali social worker’s petition.

Mumbai,UPDATED: Dec 1, 2022 15:53 IST

The HC asked the petitioner how could the issue of the governor’s pronouncements be raised in a PIL.

By Vidya : The Bombay High Court has asked a petitioner who sought impeachment proceedings against the Maharashtra Governor to be initiated and that he be restrained from speaking, as to how can the high court restrain the Governor.

Advocate Nitin Satpute, representing a social worker from Kandivali, Deepak Mavla, had filed the plea seeking that impeachment proceedings should be initiated by the state and the Centre for the various comments made by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari against Maratha King Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and social reformers Savitribai Phule and Mahatma Phule.


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The plea sought that the high court declare that “the Governor could be impeached if found guilty of treason, or any offence against the safety, security or integrity of the Union” or “by reason of physical or mental incapacity duly certified, or if found guilty of bribery or corruption, or as provided for in Article 226 & 137 of the Constitution of India.”

On Thursday, Satpute mentioned the plea before the bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Abhay Ahuja and said the Governor should be restrained from speaking anything on the issue. However, the bench asked, “Can we restrain?” The court further questioned the fact that the issue was being raised in a Public Interest Litigation. “How is this a PIL?” the bench asked.

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The court specified that it wanted to look through the documents and has therefore not given a specific date for hearing Mavla’s petition.

The petitioner had said that he was aggrieved by the alleged “mocking and insulting controversial remarks /and statement against” the most loved names in the state of Maharashtra. There was much uproar after the recent comment made by Governor Koshyari in the context of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and a few political parties had sought that he be transferred out of the state.