Maharashtra CM gets notice from top court for not disclosing two criminal cases during Assembly elections 2014

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

The Supreme Court Thursday issued notice to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP, for alleged non-disclosure of pending criminal cases against him in his nomination papers.

The SC directions came following a plea seeking annulment of his election to the state assembly. A bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph sought response from the chief minister on an appeal filed against a Bombay High Court order.

The appeal filed by advocate Satish Ukey alleges that Fadnavis filed false affidavits while contesting the elections to the Maharashtra assembly in 2014. Ukey also alleges that the CM concealed information on two criminal cases pending against him. The petitioner says CM Fadnavis didn’t provide information about these two pending cases in the affidavit that he had filed along with the nomination papers for the State Assembly elections in 2014.

While, Ukey had brought this offence to notice by filing a petition in the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) in Nagpur on September 2015, the Judicial Magistrate then had dismissed the petition. Later, Ukey had approached the Sessions Court, which had directed the Judicial Magistrate to reconsider its decision. Fadnavis had challenged the Sessions Court decision in Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, which had dismissed the case by upholding the Judicial Magistrate’s decision.
After the case got dismissed from the Bombay High Court, Ukey was left with no alternative and challenged the High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court. It may be recalled that that a case under Section 34 of the IPC was registered against Devendra Fadnavis in 1996. One more case under Sections 217, 218, 425, 420, 466, 467, 468, 470, 474, 506, 109 and 506 of the IPC was registered against him in 2003.
Devendra Fadnavis

Today the apex court has directed against the high court order, instruction the Maharashtra chief minister to file his detailed response.

Devendra Fadnavis is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and 18th incumbent Chief Minister of Maharashtra holding the office from 31st October 2014. He is also the member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and at the age of 44, he became the second youngest Chief Minister of Maharashtra after Sharad Pawar.


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