The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a public interest writ petition challenging the ordinance to provide cheap foodgrains to 70 per cent of the population through the targeted Public Distribution System.

Advocate-petitioner Manoharlal Sharma had said the July 5 Food Security Ordinance was promulgated by the UPA government with mala fide intentions even as the monsoon session of Parliament was about to commence in a few days.

A Bench of Justices T.S. Thakur and Vikramajit Sen said the Supreme Court could not entertain such a petition.

When the petitioner said the ordinance was issued for political purposes, Justice Thakur said: “This ordinance is only an instrument for the poor to get subsidised food. If there is a political dimension, we cannot comment upon it.”

The Bench then dismissed the PIL as withdrawn, with liberty to the petitioner to approach the Delhi High Court.

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