The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed Abhinav Bharat Congress, an unregistered "think tank" and its its founder Pankaj Phadnis, former officer on special duty at the Wadia hospitals to deposit Rs 1 crore with the court by next Thursday to show his bona fides, before hearing on merits its PIL to take over the two charitable hospitals for Covid and non-Covid treatment.
The HC bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and justice K K Tated was hearing the PIL on preliminary issue of its maintainability as raised by the hospitals. Earlier, the HC had sought affidavits from state government, civic body, Medical Council of India and Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children and Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital, in the PIL.
The HC, in its order, said that prima facie there was a reason to believe that the PIL petition may not have been filed in public interest and that the bona fide of the second petitioner are suspect.
If the amount is deposited it will hear the PIL on merits, said the HC.