Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should resign and renounce politics, the NCP demanded on Tuesday after the Supreme Court set aside the Bombay High Court order which gave him clean chit in a case of suppression of criminal matters in the 2014 poll affidavit. NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik also said that Fadnavis has no right to contest elections. The Maharashtra Assembly polls are scheduled to be held on October 21.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday set aside the Bombay High Court order which had given a clean chit to Fadnavis and had held that he did not deserve to be tried for the alleged offences under the Representation of People Act. "We welcome this decision. This proves the chief minister doesn't obey rules. Now, he has no moral right left to remain in politics. He should resign immediately and renounce political life. He has no right to contest the election...," Malik said.
Another NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase accused Fadnavis of telling lies to the electorate by concealing facts about pending criminal cases against him. "The BJP,which claims high moral standards,should reject his candidature," Tapase said. The apex court's order came on an appeal of one Satish Unkey against the high court verdict.
The petitioner had alleged that Fadnavis, in his election affidavit filed in 2014, failed to disclose the pendency of two criminal cases against him. The two cases of alleged cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998 but charges were not framed.