Maharashtra govt gives nod to prosecute Thane corporators

Mumbai: Several former and current corporators of neighbouring Thane Municipal Corporation, would be prosecuted for corruption and irregularities exposed by Nandlal Committee, the state told the Bombay High Court today.

The committee had recommended action in 12 cases but police filed FIRs in only four cases, and were awaiting government nod to launch prosecutions against 28 former and current corporators.

Social activist Anna Hazare had filed a PIL in the High Court, seeking action on Nandlal committee report.

Prosecution today told division bench led by Justice Ranjana Desai that the state government last week gave sanction to prosecute them, alongwith three contractors in two cases.

The bench has now sought reply as to why sanction was not granted in remaining two cases. Interestingly, Nandlal committee report was received way back in 1996.

In 2007, the Thane Corporation had rejected the proposal to prosecute the accused corporators. But Hazare's lawyer pointed out that there was no need to send the matter back to corporation in the first place.

Then the state government issued a resolution, setting aside corporation's decision.