Nagpur, Nov 29: Nagpur Police on Thursday delivered a summons, issued by a local court to former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in connection with a case where he is accused of hiding information about two criminal matters against him in election affidavit, police said.
The summons was delivered at Fadnavis’ house here, said an official of Sadar Police Station. The development came on the day when new Shiv Sena-led government was sworn in Maharashtra.
A magistrate’s court, on November 1, had restored an application seeking criminal proceedings against Fadnavis for alleged non-disclosure of two criminal cases in poll affidavit.
City-based lawyer Satish Uke had filed an application in the court seeking that criminal proceedings be initiated against Fadnavis. The Bombay High Court had upheld the lower court’s earlier order dismissing Uke’s plea. But the Supreme Court, on October 1, directed the magistrate’s court to go ahead with the application filed by Uke.
The magistrate’s court on November 4 said the case would be held as a summary criminal case, and issued a notice. “Process (notice) is issued against accused (Fadnavis) for an offence punishable under section 125A of Representation of the People Act, 1951,” magistrate S D Mehta said. Cases of cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998, but the charges were not framed in both the matters. Uke alleged that Fadnavis did not disclose this information in his election affidavits. Fadnavis is an MLA from Nagpur. Last week, he sworn-in as the CM but resigned after 80 hours after the Supreme Court ordered floor test in the Assembly. (UNI)