A look at the affidavits of the recently elected corporators to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reveals that the number of corporators with a criminal record has jumped from 24 in the previous term to 38 now. This means that about 16 per cent of the total 227 corporators in BMCs general body have pending criminal cases against them.
Data analyzed and uploaded by the Association of Democratic Reforms,AGNI and MumbaiVotes.com shows that the number of cases pending against a corporator range from at least one to 44.
Majority of the cases are minor charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),such as criminal intimidation,unlawful assembly,rioting,voluntarily causing hurt,provoking breach of peace,assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty,fraud,forgery and dealing in stolen property.
However,some serious charges like attempt to murder,using dangerous weapons to cause grievous hurt and assault on woman are also pending against some.
Party-wise,Shiv Sena has the maximum number of such corporators 17. This is followed by MNS with nine of its corporators facing charges.
Independent corporator Manoj Sansare,who defeated Congressman Anil Kadam from Wadala Ward number 172,has an attempt to murder case against him apart from 39 other charges.
Anant Nar,Shiv Sena corporator from Jogeshwari,who is also considered to be close to Shiv Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar,has the maximum number of cases pending against him 44.
The other important names in the civic body that have minor criminal charges against them include MNS leader Dilip Lande,BJP corporator and member of standing committee Manoj Kotak,ex-BJP corporator and current Congressman and member of standing committee Pravin Chheda and standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale.