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Bombay High Court Seeks Minister Nitin Raut's Response on Alleged Illegal Use of Chartered Flights During Lockdown [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 16 Jul 2021 8:14pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Bombay High Court Seeks Minister Nitin Raut's Response on Alleged Illegal Use of Chartered Flights During Lockdown [READ ORDER]

On Wednesday (July 14, 2021), the Bombay High Court directed Maharashtra's Energy Minister Nitin Raut, among others, to respond to a PIL filed by the state BJP media cell chief - Vishwas Pathak - seeking orders directing Raut to reimburse the state power companies for Rs 43.55 lakh allegedly spent on his "illegal" use of chartered flights during the lockdown last year.

"Chartered flights cannot be taken by any minister at State expense unless approved by the Chief Minister of the State," the petition stated, "As a result, Respondent No. (Raut) misused his position as ex officio Chairman of MSEB to make for his luxurious chartered flights."

On Wednesday(July 14, 2021), a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni heard the petition filed by FF and Associates. Following the filing of the petitioners' affidavit of service, the bench directed the respondents to file their reply affidavits.

The State, Nitin Raut, the Maharashtra State Electricity Holding Company Ltd, the Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, and the Union of India are among the respondents.

The case has been rescheduled for July 28, 2021.

According to the petition, Raut "flouted the existing norms on multiple occasions" during the lockdown, when the country's highest officials were performing their duties from remote areas, and took the liberty to travel around the country for personal reasons under the guise of administrative work.

"It appears that the aforementioned… Continue Reading...

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