Giving a big jolt to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in the poll-bound Maharashtra, the Supreme Court directed that the CM will have to face trial for allegedly suppressing pendency of two criminal cases in his 2014 poll affidavit.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi set aside the Bombay High Court order which had given a clean chit to Fadnavis and had held that he did not deserve to be tried for the alleged offences under the Representation of Peoples (RP) Act.
"The respondent (Fadnavis) has the knowledge of the two pending cases," the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said. The apex court's verdict came on the appeal of one Satish Unkey against the HC verdict.
The two cases of alleged cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998 but charges were not framed.