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Thane: 16-year-old bribe case returns to haunt BJP MLA Narendra Mehta

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Bhayandar: A 16-year-old ghost has returned to haunt BJP legislator Narendra Mehta who during his stint as a corporator in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, was accused of accepting a Rs 20,000 bribe from a contractor on Dec 27, 2002, allegedly to protect his illegal construction. The prosecution failed to establish the credibility of the accusations levelled by the complainant, and 14 years later the district Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) court acquitted Mehta of the charges on November 8, 2016.

However, in response to a plea filed by RTI activist Raju Goel, the state govt sought an opinion from the Law and Judiciary wing and recently filed a criminal application (27\2017) in the Bombay High Court, challenging the acquittal, following which notices have been served to the legislator. It should be noted after a reprieve from the district court in 2010, the Mumbai High Court while setting aside the lower court decision sent back the case to the district court for a re-trial.