pil: Maharashtra: PIL seeks Rs 3,000 crore for ‘loss due to MVA bandh’ | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Claiming that the bandh on October 11 was “thoughtlessly imposed” on Maharashtra, a PIL has asked the Bombay high court to order Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP to pay Rs 3,000 crore as compensation for the tangible and intangible losses it caused, reports Swati Deshpande.
Former police commissioner Julio Ribeiro, 92, activist Gerson Da Cunha, 92, former municipal chief D M Sukthankar, 89, and trustee of Urban Design and Research Institute (UDRI) Cyrus Guzder, 76, filed the PIL last week. A hearing is likely to be sought soon.
Saying the bandh resulted in a loss of over Rs 8,000 crore (based on GSDP)—or at 30% “on a pragmatic basis’’ a loss of Rs 2,723 crore—the PIL asked the HC to direct the parties to pay jointly or severally “exemplary damages or compensation’’ through a ‘Bandh Loss Compensation Fund 2021’ that should be set up within four weeks.
MVA bandh had violated fundamental rights: PIL
The PIL said the members of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi which “enforced” the bandh in solidarity with farmers that “blatantly violated the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens”. It caused huge intangible loss too in terms of anxiety, stress and inconvenience for the citizens. The compensation, it said, should be paid to the central and state governments and to the affected citizens.
It also sought directions to the police force to arrest and prosecute those who tried to prevent free movement of persons.
The PIL is “being filed in the interest of citizens at large who have suffered major hardships, acute inconvenience, loss of livelihood and income and also damage to their assets and property besides disruption of their basic liberties and fundamental rights on account of the calling for and enforcement of the bandh”, it said.
“Past experience over the last several years indicates that a bandh is usually called for and enforced by a political party or a group which is in the opposition,” the petition, filed through law firm Jayakar & Partners, said. But this bandh was “unique and unprecedented” as it was called by the parties of the ruling coalition. Sena, Congress and NCP decided during a cabinet meeting on October 6 to call the bandh to condemn the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri and in solidarity with farmers.
The call was “despite” knowing that the Supreme Court had held such bandhs “unconstitutional and hence illegal”. “In the forgoing context and background, it would neither be inaccurate nor would it be an exaggeration to say that the bandh… (was) tantamount to ushering in a state of anarchy,” said the PIL. It urged that “such grave tendencies and diabolical proclivities deserve to be ruthlessly put down with an iron hand and also strongly penalised” by the HC.

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