In a major setback to Independent MP from Maharashtra, Navneet Kaur Rana, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday cancelled her caste certificate. She was fined Rs 2 lakh by the Bombay High Court for submitting a fake caste certificate, reported Aaj Tak.
"Since she got it validated fraudulently from Caste Scrutiny Committee by producing fabricated and fraudulent documents, caste certificate is cancelled & stands confiscated," the court said.
A division bench of Justices R D Dhanuka and V G Bisht noted that the claim of belonging to 'Mochi' caste made by Rana for obtaining the Scheduled Caste certificate itself was fraudulent and made with an intention to obtain various benefits available to a candidate from such category, despite knowing she does not belong to that caste.
As per a report by NDTV, the actor-turned-politician now faces the prospect of losing her seat.
While Navneet Kaur Rana is an independent MP from Amravati Lok Sabha (SC) constituency, her husband Ravi Rana is the independent legislator from Badnera assembly segment -- both within Amravati district of eastern Maharashtra.
In March, Navneet Kaur Rana had alleged that Shiv Sena MP, Arvind Sawant, had threatened her on the Parliament premises. She had claimed that Sawant had threatened that she will be put in jail.
Rana also had said that she had in the past received death and acid attack threats on the Shiv Sena's letterhead and also over phone.
"The way Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant has threatened me, it is not only my insult, but the insult of all the women of the country. Hence, I demand strict action against Sawant," she added.