Jolt to Fadnavis

Jolt to Fadnavis

SC revives poll-related plaint, asks trial court to consider case afresh

New Delhi/Mumbai : In a setback to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ahead of the Assembly polls, the Supreme Court on Tuesday revived a criminal complaint against the BJP leader alleging he failed to furnish details of two pending criminal cases in his 2014 election affidavit and asked the trial court to consider the case afresh.

However, the apex court verdict that quashed the Bombay High Court's May 3, 2018 order which gave Fadnavis a clean chit will not come in the way of his contesting the October 21 elections.

The verdict that sparked demands from the opposition NCP for the resignation of Fadnavis came on a day when the BJP announced its list of 125 candidates which included the chief minister who will seek a consecutive fifth term from Nagpur South West.

Union minister and RPI(A) leader Ramdas Athawale came to the defence of Fadnavis, saying he has an unblemished track record and will come out clean.

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