The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to entertain a PIL seeking conferment of Bharat Ratna on former Tata Sons chairperson, Ratan Tata.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla warned the petitioner that it was a fit case for imposition of costs.
“Is it for us to decide who the Bharat Ratna should be awarded to? You either withdraw or we will impose cost”
-the Bench said.
Advocate AK Dubey, appearing for the petitioner, then proceeded to withdraw the plea.
The petition was filed by one Rakesh, arguing that Ratan Tata has dedicated his whole life for the welfare of nation without any personal interest and his contribution to the nation cannot be overlooked.
It stated that despite being born with a golden spoon, Tata has led an exemplary life. He has excellent leadership skills and business acumen that inspires millions of people, both in India and abroad, the plea said.
It highlighted that Tata group companies have contributed nearly Rs 3,000 crore for relief during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Court was informed that Tata was awarded Padma Bhushan in the year 2000 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008 along with other notable recognition including UK’s Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.
“The revenue of Tata Group’s 30 companies in FY20 was $106 billion. The 30 companies spread across 10 clusters operates in over 100 companies and collectively employ more than 7.5 lakh people”
-the plea said.
It, therefore, said that Ratan Tata deserves to be awarded with Bharat Ratna.