‘SC’s ver­dict has no bear­ing on CM Fad­navis’

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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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