The mayor of Mumbai, Shraddha Jadhav, is facing legal action by a group of civic body councillors for alleged malpractice during the elections for the chairman of the ward committee of MCGM in April this year. Three councillors from the F Ward – Ravi Raja, Raghunath Thawai and Pracila Kadam – have filed a petition in the Bombay high court alleging that Mumbai Mayor Shraddha Jadhav, who also represents the same ward, indulged in malpractice during the casting of votes for the elections of the chairman of the ward committee at MCGM, which was held on April 16. Thawai, a Congress councillor, was also contesting the election. The petition said that as per the election rules, the duty of the presiding authority for such an election is cast on a Mayor, but Jadhav was present at the election venue not as a Mayor, but as a voter. Raja’s petition alleges that Jadhav committed fraud and malpractice by marking one of the chits while drawing the lot, and picked up that marked chit to declare Anil Pawar, a councillor from the Shiv Sena, as the winner, and thereby the chairman of the ward committee. At that time, Opposition Leader Rajhans Singh had voiced these allegations to the media. Hearing the submissions made by the petitioners, a division bench of justices have directed Mayor Jadhav, and also the civic body, to file its reply. Bureau report – NMTV News.
November 10, 2006