PIL filed against
Modi’s Rs600m
extravaganza

AHMEDABAD — Narendra Modi may have ended his three-day fast on Monday but the Gujarat chief minister will not be able to sleep well so soon.



By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Thu 22 Sep 2011, 12:06 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:53 AM

A non-government organisation has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Gujarat High Court, demanding that the state government be directed to recover from Modi the Rs 600 million spent on the glitzy event.

Ahmedabad -based Vikalp Trust’s PIL, which will be heard later this week, wants the chief minister to make public the expenses incurred on his fast and wants him or his party, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party pay for the expenses. The petitioner, managing trustee Himanshu Banker, told Khaleej Times that Modi had misused the whole government machinery for his personal gain and that public money had been wasted.

“The Sadbhvna Mission fast was focussed only on Modi, so, he or his party should pay the government exchequer the money spent on his fast”, he said, adding that the so-called goodwill mission was a personal affair of Modi and not a public function. The PIL also sought answers to who filed for the permission for the fast and what was the procedure undertaken for the same. A draft of the application submitted to the authorities concerned for permission for the fast was asked to be presented to the court as well. mahesh@khaleejtimes.com


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