Bombay High Court directs for two Maha corporators to be booked; while hearing PIL
In an observation, the Bombay High Court said that politicians were “not God” and nor were they above the law.
This as the Court directed the Maharashtra police to book two local corporators for encroaching on mangroves.
A bench of Justices SC Dharamadhikari and Bharati Dangre directed the Mira raid police station to book BJP’s Parshuram Mhatre and Shiv Sena’s Anita Patil, both local corporators, within a week, for violations under the Environment Protection Act.
The observations came while the bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by an activist, Bharat Mokal, through his lawyer DS Mhaiskar.
According to the plea, both Mhatre and Patil had cut mangroves and encroached on them while constructing their residential bungalows and offices.
The petitioner then registered a police complaint against them in the same year.
The High Court bench responded by saying that the Act clearly states that all offenders are liable to be punished.
It further added that the state officials should be bold enough to bring to the court’s notice any attempts by political members to undermine their powers.>