The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a PIL challenging BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra's appointment as an independent director in the ONGC, saying the plea was "unsubstantiated" and "without merit".
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also rejected the opposition to the appointment of Shashi Shanker as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
The petition by NGO Energy Watchdog had challenged Shanker's appointment on the ground that he was suspended in February 2015 for six months in connection with a probe into the award of a contract by ONGC.
The bench rejected the NGO's contention saying it was "completely untenable and devoid of any factual or legal merit".
It also noted in its order that there was no allegation in the entire petition that Shanker was not eligible or competent to hold the post in question or that he did not have the requisite experience.
Patra's appointment to the post of independent director in ONGC was challenged by the NGO on several grounds, which included that the procedures were not followed, his alleged lack of relevant experience and qualifications and his proximity to the ruling party at the Centre.
With regard to the contention that he was closely related to the ruling party in power, being its spokesperson, the court said the NGO has not alleged that Patra or his re...