Cor­po­ra­tors’ fate to be de­cided on June 18

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The NCP was saved em­bar­rass­ment on its foun­da­tion day as the hear­ing of three of its Digha cor­po­ra­tors on their dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion was post­poned to June 18.

The elec­tion depart­ment of NMMC had is­sued show-cause no­tices on April 21 to cor­po­ra­tors Navin Gavte (ward 4), his wife Aparna Gavte (ward 9) and sis­ter-in-law Deepa Gavte (ward 3). The trio could lose their mem­ber­ship of the house if found guilty of the charges.

The three are ac­cused of re­sort­ing to il­le­gal con­struc­tions in Digha, which is in the midst of a ma­jor con­tro­versy af­ter the high court or­dered de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal build­ings in the area. MIDC has filed po­lice cases against the three for construction of More­sh­war build­ing in the area, which is al­leged to be il­le­gally built on its land.

Navi Mum­bai mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe had con­ducted the hear­ing in his of­fice on May 24.

He gave the three time un­til June 4 to sub­mit doc­u­ments and af­fi­davit per­tain­ing to the case. A de­ci­sion on their mem­ber­ship of NMMC was to be taken on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to NMMC sources, the Gavte fam­ily had sub­mit­ted that the hear­ing on their an­tic­i­pa­tory bail was due in court and so sought more time. The hear­ing was then post­poned to June 18.

The Gavtes had ear­lier ap­proached the high court, ask­ing for re­lief from the hear­ing claim­ing the com­mis­sioner does not have the right to take a de­ci­sion on their mem­ber­ship. The high court of bench of jus­tice Ajay Gad­kari and MS Karnik re­fused to give in­terim re­lief and asked them to sub­mit their af­fi­davits to the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner.

Ac­cord­ing to NMMC sources, dur­ing the hear­ing with the com­mis­sioner, the Gavtes had ar­gued that the com­mis­sioner does not have the right to con­duct the hear­ing and take a de­ci­sion in the mat­ter. The com­mis­sioner dis­missed the ar­gu­ment The Gavtes then asked for 10 days pe­riod to file their say.

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