Fresh PIL against Maha CM alleging non-disclosure of flat to EC

A Pune-based social worker filed a fresh PIL in the Bombay HC alleging that the Prithviraj Chavan had not disclosed details of his flat at Wadala in the city while filing his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Last Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 19:07 PM IST

Mumbai: A Pune-based social worker on Tuesday
filed a fresh PIL in the Bombay High Court alleging that the
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had not disclosed
details of his flat at Wadala in the city while filing his
nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections.

On December 13th last year, the petitioner, Hemant
Baburao Patil, President of Rashtriya Bhrashtrachar Virodhi
Janshakti, had moved the High Court with a similar plea but he
was advised to approach the Election Commission with his
grievance. He did approach the Commission but it did not take
any action, he said.

The petitioner then approached the High Court again
with a fresh PIL and prayed that action be taken against
Chavan as he had allegedly violated IPC and provisions of
Peoples Representative Act by submitting false affidavit of
income before the concerned authorities.

The petitioner prayed that an enquiry be ordered into
the allegations against the Chief Minister and legal action be
instituted against him.

Patil informed the High Court that he had written
letters to Chief Election Commissioner and also to the Chief
Electoral Officer of Maharashtra. But no action had been taken
against Chavan.

The fresh PIL would come up for hearing in due course.

The PIL alleged that while filling the declaration form,
Chavan had not disclosed about the flat located at the Venus
Cooperative Housing Society, Wadala. The flats in the building
were meant for the economically backward.

The PIL also alleged that while obtaining the flat,
Chavan had filed an affidavit claiming he is `economically
backward`.

The PIL questioned as to how Chavan could belong to the
economically backward class when he had completed his
education in United States.

"Assuming that the respondent (Chavan) belongs to
economically backward class, even then he has not been
exempted from not disclosing the said fact that he owned a
flat in Mumbai".

"It appears from the record, that the flat in Venus
Cooperative Housing Society has not been shown in the list of
immovable property in the affidavit annexed to his nomination
form and thus he (Chavan) has suppressed vital information
from Election Commission thereby committing breach of rules of
Code of Conduct established according to the provisions of
Representation of Peoples Act, 1951", the PIL said.

PTI

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