Relief for Rohit Pawar : Bombay HC allows Baramati Agro’ operations till October 13

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Mumbai Oct 6 : In a major relief to NCP (Sharad Pawar group) MLA Rohit Pawar, the Bombay High Court on Friday continued the interim relief granted to him to continue operation of his firm Baramati Agro Ltd till October 13.

The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) earlier issued a notice on September 27 directing closure of a part of the Baramati Agro Ltd, which is controlled by Rohit Pawar, within 72 hours – in other words by early October 1.
Rohit Pawar approached the High Court challenging the notice issued by the MPCB, stating that it had been issued due to “political influence and considering the present political situation.

“The Impugned Order has been passed owing to political influence and considering the present political situation to pressurise the director of the firm Rohit Pawar, who is also an MLA,” the plea said.

It contended that the MPCB had passed the order without application of mind to the material on record and applicable law. It argued that the order was passed “without giving any satisfactory, independent reasoning and analysis in support of them”.
Stating that the MPCB’s order is violative of Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution on India, the plea contended that it deprives the petitioner’s fundamental right to carry out business/trade by directing the closure of the said unit, which is an extremely stringent and disproportionate action.

Division bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Manjusha Deshpande after hearing the plea granted reliaf and directed respondents to file a reply.