The Bombay High Court Thursday asked how initiation of impeachment proceedings against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari taking objection to the Governor's statements against Savitiribai Phule and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj could be sought in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition. [Deepak Jagdev v. State of Maharashtra & Ors.].A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Abhay Ahuja also quipped how the Court could pass an order restraining the Governor from speaking about historical figures, one of the prayers in the PIL.The PIL filed by social worker Deepak Jagdev was mentioned for urgent listing when the Court raised these queries. The bench did not specify any date on which the matter would be listed..The petitioner claimed that the Governor, through multiple statements, had commented on historical figure Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Constitution draftsman Dr. BR Ambedkar and social reformers Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule. The petitioner claimed that the statements were made in a derogatory manner and in light of the same, impeachment proceedings ought to be initiated against the Governor. Jagdev claimed that due to the statements, “all of Maharashtra is burning, as political leaders and local organisations are holding protests”. The plea filed through advocate Nitin Satpute contended that the petitioner was aggrieved by the Governor's controversial remarks against the most loved names in Maharashtra..It was further submitted that the Governor was taking advantage of the freedom of speech guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution and was spreading hatred in the society. Jagdev also claimed that the Governor could not be protected by virtue of the Constitution for offences like Section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and and 153A (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, etc) of the Indian Penal Code. The plea prayed for constitution of a bench consisting of 5 judges to decide whether action can be taken against the Governor. The plea also sought initiation of impeachment proceedings and a declaration that the Governor will not be protected in personal capacity for committing offences under IPC.