‘SC’s verdict has no bearing on CM Fadnavis’
However, BJP stood firmly with its CM face for the ensuing polls, saying the apex court had not called for Fadnavis’s prosecution. The CM’s office in Mumbai also asserted that the SC’s verdict “has no bearing on Fadnavis to continue as a public representative or to contest the next election”.
The two cases which Fadnavis did not mention in his election affidavit of 2014 are “summary case no. 232 of 1996 (u/s 500 of IPC — defamation) and regular criminal case no. 343 of 2003 under various sections of IPC, both pending before Nagpur courts”. Ukey had also challenged Fadnavis’s election on the same ground — filing of a false affidavit — before the Bombay HC in 2014, which was dismissed on August 19, 2015.
With the SC reviving proceedings on Ukey’s complaint, it could give an impetus to his appeal in the SC against the Bombay HC decision to dismiss the election petition. Though the assembly’s tenure will end soon, an adverse order in either of the proceedings — the complaint before the Nagpur court or in the election appeal before the SC — could cause embarrassment to the CM in the coming elections. However, it appears remote that the courts will decide on Ukey’s complaint and appeal that soon.
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