Mumbai: The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on Friday disqualified Congress corporator Binita Vohra from her councillorship after her husband Mehul Vohra converted the outhouse of their bungalow, Kunj Vihar in Vile Parle, into a commercial showroom without the necessary permissions.

The decision was taken on Friday during the MCGM general body meeting chaired by Mayor Snehal Ambekar, Deputy Mayor Alka Kelkar and additional municipal commissioner Pallavi Darade after corporators from across political parties voted for Vohra’s disqualification. A case is being heard in the lower court at present to decide if Vohra, Congress corporator of ward no 65 from Vile Parle (west), stands disqualified for the illegal construction done by her husband.

There were 74 votes from the MCGM ruling BJP-Shiv Sena corporators and 40 votes from the opposition parties (Congress, MNS, Samajwadi party) for her disqualification.

The matter came to light when a former Shiv Sena social worker Jitendra Janavale, filed a petition against Mehul Vohra for carrying out illegal construction at his place in Vile Parle. The MCGM had then served a demolition notice on them but Vohra challenged it in the city civil court after the court refused to grant interim relief. Vohra’s husband has claimed that he removed the illegal constructions on his own.

The court directed Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to take action under Section 18 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) Act by carrying out further proceedings in the lower court for further decision and take a call on whether Vohra should be disqualified or not.

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