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Bogus ration cards: Bombay HC wants to see a sample card

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 23:03

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday
directed Maharashtra Government to produce a sample ration
card, while hearing a petition on alleged use of fake cards
during the Lok Sabha polls.

A Division Bench of Justices B H Marlapalle and R Y
Ganoo was hearing the petition of Shirish Gharat, a Navi
Mumbai-based Shiv Sena worker, alleging use of bogus ration
cards by NCP workers during the Lok Sabha election.
The court has sought names of two CID officers with a
view to transfer the investigation, said P M Pradhan, the
counsel for the petitioner.

According to the petitioner, NCP workers procured fake
ration cards to facilitate bogus voting in the April polls.

Navi Mumbai Police arrested one Dinesh Patel and
recovered 5,000 bogus cards from him, the petition says.

Patel told police that Santosh Mhatre, an NCP worker,
had placed the order for bogus cards, and he had been asked to
deliver them at `White House` building, which houses a company
owned by State NCP Minister Ganesh Naik, it said. Naik`s son
Sanjeev won the Lok Sabha seat from Thane.
However, after Patel`s arrest, the probe slowed down,
the petition alleged, seeking a CBI inquiry.

In the polls, the Election Commission had allowed the
use of ration cards as an identity proof for voters.

Hearing has been adjourned till tomorrow.


First Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 23:03

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