Move on Padma Bhushan for Chatwal challenged in courtMarch 23rd, 2010 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) A petition was filed Tuesday in Delhi High Court against the government’s decision to award Padma Bhushan to NRI hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal.
S.K. Shah, who filed the petition through his counsel S.P. Mehta, demanded from the government that Padma Bhushan should not be conferred on a man against whom investigating agencies were probing five cases under various charges.
The petition is likely to be heard Thursday.
“The decision of conferring the Padma Bhushan award is not only an insult but is also against public interest,” the petitioner, a freelance journalist, said.
Describing Chatwal as one “whose rise emanates from dubious and questionable and murky financial dealings”, the petitioner asked the government to reconsider its decision.
Alleging that Chatwal duped several banks to the tune of millions of rupees, the petition said: “Despite being the owner of a vast empire, he got himself declared bankrupt. The government despite being in full knowledge (of these facts) ignored all these and chose to give him the award.”