Nagpur, Dec 4 : The Magistrate court here on Wednesday fixed January 4, 2020, as the date of next hearing of the case filed against former Maharashtra chief minister and senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, accusing him of hiding information about two criminal cases against him in a poll affidavit.
Mr Fadnavis, while filing nomination papers from the south-west Nagpur constituency in 2014 Assembly elections, did not submit details of his two sub-judice criminal cases in the affidavit. Hence, it is alleged that he did this deliberately. City-based lawyer Advocate Satish Uke had filed an application in the court seeking that criminal proceedings be initiated against Fadnavis for alleged non-disclosure of two criminal cases in poll affidavit.
Subsequently, a Magistrate’s court had restored the application and city police had served summons to Fadnavis, issued by local court here and today the BJP leader was supposed to appear before the court.
However, on Wednesday, Fadnavis' lawyer Uday Dable prayed to the Magistrate's court for granting exemption to Fadnavis from appearance before the court in the case, stating that the BJP leader could not be present in the court due to some inevitable work.
Following arguments from both the sides, First Class Judicial Magistrate S D Mehta fixed January 4 next year as the next date of hearing. Fadnavis is an MLA from Nagpur. Now the state’s attention is riveted on this case on the next date of hearing. (UNI)