PIL against Pujari motivated: HC

Describing it as "motivated", Bombay High Court Friday dismissed PIL alleging links of ACP Sudhakar Poojari with the underworld and praying for action against him. Poojari, posted in Kalina police training Centre in suburban Santacruz, defended himself saying he was being targeted by accused in the 2001 MPSC scam, which he had investigated. A bench headed by Justice A M Khanvilkar also imposed exemplary costs of Rs 50,000 on the petitioner Deepak Suryakant Kavitkar, president of National Amnesty Redemption Organisation International Trust, an NGO based in Pune. The court asked the petitioner to pay the costs in the State Treasury Account for police department within two weeks from Friday. If he failed to do so, the Pune Collector was asked to take steps to recover the amount from him as arrears of land revenue within two months and remit it in the same account. The judges said the petition was filed by Kavitkar but during arguments the person who was briefing the lawyer was B S Kadam. He is the same person who has filed a miscellaneous application and has been named as accused in MPSC examination scam.

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