No FIR against disqualified corporators of Mumbai

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 8 February 2019

Submission of fake caste certificate is an offence and the BMC has to take action against such offenders. Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was one of those who were disqualified over submission of fake caste certificates.

MUMBAI: In last three terms, 21 corporators from BrihanMumbai Municipal Coproration (BMC) have been disqualified for submitting fake caste certificates and having more than two children. But, the civic body has not filed a single FIR against them. 

Out of the 21 corporators, 20 of them had filed fake caste certificates and later, the court disqualified them, while one was disqualified on grounds of having more than two kids. 

Submission of fake caste certificate is an offence and the BMC has to take action against such offenders. Mayor of Mumbai Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was one of those who were disqualified over submission of fake caste certificates.   

Activist Anil Galgali had filed an RTI with the BMC and sought information about the corporators who were disqualified. He received information that not one of them has been booked for producing fake caste certificates for contesting and winning the civic election in 2007, 2012 and 2017.   

The legal department of the BMC replied that no case has been filed. The deputy law officer too replied that no FIR has been filed against any disqualified corporators.

The election department in its reply said that total 21 corporators were disqualified in 2007, 2012 and 2017 election. 

Galgali wrote a letter to the chief minister and municipal commissioner asking for action against the offenders.

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