SC trashes plea against Pranab, warns petitioner
An apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice H.L. Gokhale dismissed the PIL by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma and very nearly imposed a cost of Rs.50,000 on him.
Describing the petition as "fantastic and unacceptable", Justice Alam observed: "This (court) is not a theatre for your farcical play."
"This time we spare you," the court said, letting off Sharma with a warning after he pleaded against the imposition of the cost.
The petitioner sought a direction to the government to "conduct enquiry against presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for securing favour/support of various MLAs/MPs for his presidential election while still holding the office of the finance minister".
Sharma contended that Mukherjee was not supposed to start canvassing for support from the time he was named a candidate but he did so while he was still the finance minister.
The court said that if a person was a candidate, then he was supposed to approach MPs and legislators for seeking their support.
The court described as "most fantastic interpretation of the provision (Section 7) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988", when the petitioner advocate said that corruption, either a small favour or a large, had the same effect under the law.