HC stays disqualification of BJP corporator

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Pune: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) received a major relief on Wednesday as the Bombay High Court stayed the order of Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar, disqualifying BJP member Farzana Shaikh.

Shaikh got elected from Phule Nagar-Nagpur Chawl on a BJP ticket and was disqualified by Kumar as the caste verification committee declared her caste certificate as invalid.

Pune: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) received a major relief on Wednesday as the Bombay High Court stayed the order of Pune Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar, disqualifying BJP member Farzana Shaikh.

Shaikh got elected from Phule Nagar-Nagpur Chawl on a BJP ticket and was disqualified by Kumar as the caste verification committee declared her caste certificate as invalid.

Shaikh contested the civic elections in February on a BJP ticket from the Phule Nagar-Nagpur Chawl, which was a reserved seat for the OBC and had submitted her OBC caste certificate.

However, the complainant, Bhagwan Jadhav, approached the office of District Caste Certificate Verification Committee challenging her caste certificate.

In its decision dated July 5, the committee admitted the claim made by Jadhav and declared Shaikh’s caste certificate mentioning her caste as invalid. It ordered confiscation of the original caste certificate of Shaikh immediately.

But Shaikh challenged the order of disqualification passed by Municipal Commissioner Kumar in the Bombay High Court, which stayed the disqualification order. 

Reacting to the Bombay High Court decision, Kumar said that Shaikh can continue as PMC corporator following the court staying his order.

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