Ex Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was summoned by the Nagpur Court for not divulging the two criminal cases against him while filing the nomination for balloting. The warrants were forwarded at Fadnavis’s house incriminating him for disguising the information about the criminal cases, according to an official of Sadar Police Station. 

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Devendra Fadnavis is MLA from Nagpur. Fadnavis advocate Uday Dable desired an exoneration from appearance for his client in the suit before the Nagpur court on Wednesday and it was accorded by Judicial Magistrate First Class S D Mehta. Dable stated that Fadnavis, who is the ruler of opposition in the State Assembly, will be occupied with the Legislature session commencing from December 16th in Nagpur. Hence, he appealed the tribunal to keep the next date of hearing posterior to the result of the Assembly session. The next date of trial in the suit fixed by the court is January 4th, 2020.

A petition was registered by City-based lawyer Satish Uke in the Bombay High Court. The lower court’s earlier order was validated by the Bombay High Court expelling Uke’s appeal. Later on October 1st, the magistrate’s court was supervised by the Supreme Court to move on with the petition registered by Satish Uke. The magistrate’s court furnished a notice on November 4th saying that the suit would be controlled as a summary criminal case. 

According to magistrate S.D.Mehta, the notice was furnished against Fadnavis for an offence punishable under section 125A of Representation of People Act, 1951. Suits of cheating and forgery were registered against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998, but charges were not framed in both the cases. 

The provision deals with the penalty for “filing a false affidavit” and says that if a candidate or his proposer fails to produce or presents false or hides any information in his nomination paper on issues like pending criminal suits then the person may be awarded six months jail term or fine or both. The winter session of the state Parliament has been slated to take place from December 16th to December 21st in Nagpur. The bailiff fixed January 4th as the next date of hearing following the discussion of both the parties.

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Devendra Fadnavis had been serving as 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra since 31st October 2014. He is presently the head of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. His term ended on November 12th, 2019. He was the first chief minister of Maharashtra from Bharatiya Janta Party.

During the late 60s and early 70s, Vasantrao Naik served a long tenure as chief minister and Devendra Fadnavis is again repeating the history by setting a record of concluding five years of tenure as the chief minister in Maharashtra.

Fadnavis has also created history by becoming the chief minister for third shortest tenure in Maharashtra across India since 1947 which lasted for only 80 hours.

Jagdambika Pal in Uttar Pradesh and BS Yeddurappa in Karnataka are the two chief ministers who served for shorter durations other than Fadnavis. Jagdambika Pal served for 44 hours in February 1998 which is considered as the shortest tenure as chief minister. On the other hand, a powerful BJP leader and current Katrnataka chief minister BS Yeddurappa served second shortest tenure as chief minister last year. His tenure lasted for 55 hours which was forcibly stepped down after the BJP failed to form the government in Karnataka.

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Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has become the spot of BJP leaders who have been facing a rebellion in his party. BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Pankaja Munde have been sending out the signals of their discontentment in the party against this backdrop. Prior to his meeting with Pankaja, Khadse also met former BJP minister Vinod Tawde who was refused a ticket during the assembly elections. Both Pankaja and Tawde have not stood out against Fadnavis as of now. Some BJP leaders are scared that things might change if BJP stays in opposition for long.

Posterior to meeting with Pankaja, Khadse targeted Fadnavis by saying that the party should take an action against those who assured the overthrow of his daughter Rohini Khadse from Jalgaon and Pankaja from Parli in Beed. The party has been advocating Fadnavis and will back him against this recent overthrow. ‘All party resources were provided to Pankaja during the polls. She was a minister and if she still lost then it is evident that people were not happy with her work’, a BJP leader commented.

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