SC issues notice to Maharashtra CM on plea against election

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The Supreme Court on December 13 has issued a notice to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on a plea seeking his disqualification as a legislator for his alleged non-disclosure of two criminal cases pending against him.

In his plea, social activist and lawyer Satish Ukey alleged that BJP leader Fadnavis had two cases of cheating and defamation pending against him which he did not disclose in his 2014 election affidavit, thereby violating the provisions of the Representation of the People’s Act 1951.

The plea seeks annulment of his election to the Maharashtra Assembly.

An SC bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph sought response of the CM on an appeal filed against a Bombay High Court order.

The Bombay High Court had earlier dismissed the plea seeking annulment of CM Fadanavis’s election to the Maharashtra Assembly on the ground of alleged “non-disclosure of all pending criminal cases against him” in the affidavit.