On Thursday, when Maharashtra got a new chief minister in Uddhav Thackeray, the local court in Nagpur delivered a summons to former chief minister and MLA from Nagpur South-West Devendra Fadnavis for not declaring two criminal cases against him in his poll affidavit.
An official of Sadar Police Station said that the summons was delivered at Fadnavis’ residence in Dharampeth. On November 1, a magistrate court had restored an application seeking criminal proceedings against him for not disclosing his criminal cases. Satish Uke, Nagpur based lawyer, had filed an application in the court requesting that the criminal proceedings should be initiated against Fadnavis.
The Bombay High Court had upheld lower court’s earlier order dismissing Uke’s plea. On October 1, The Supreme Court directed the magistrate’s court to go ahead with Uke’s application.
On November 4, the magistrate’s court said the case would be held as a summary criminal case, and issued notice. Magistrate SD Mehta said, “Process (notice) is issued against accused (Fadnavis) for offence punishable under section 125A of Representation of People Act, 1951.”
In 1996 and 1998, cases of cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis but charges were not framed in both the matters.