A public interest litigation (PIL) has alleged that Babu Bokhiria,the Minister for Water Resources and Agriculture,has encroached on a public street in his hometown,Porbandar,and the government machinery has been protecting him with the Collector staying a notice issued by the Nagarpalika against the encroachment.
The PIL has been moved by one Rajesh Odedara,a resident of Porbandar who lives near the said street,which has been allegedly encroached upon by Bokhiria by erecting fences on both sides.
According to Odedaras lawyer,B M Mangukiya,Bokhiria has encroached on the street under the pretext that some locals are creating nuisance on it. The petitioners late father had lodged several complaints before various authorities,including Chief Minister Narendra Modi,against the alleged illegal act of Bokhiria.
Following one of the complaints of the petitioners father before the Porbandar Nagarpalika,a notice was issued to Bokhiria. However,the petitioner added,the said notice was stayed by Porbandar Collector after Bokhiria approached him. Mangukiya said that while passing the stay order,the Collector had said that the women of Bokhirias family were not safe due to the nuisance on the street.
The PIL was heard on Monday by a division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala.
Government pleader Prakash Jani made a statement that the Collector was likely to take a decision on Bokhirias application against the notice issued by the Nagarpalika in a day or two. The petition was then posted for further hearing on Thursday.