A local court on Thursday set aside the election of Priya Gadade,MNS corporator in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC),for submitting a fabricated birth certificate during the 2012 civic body polls. The PMC has been asked to conduct fresh election by June 30.
Hearing a petition filed by Laxmi Chavan,small causes court judge M S M Omar declared the election of Gadade from panel number 56 of PMC as councillor null and void.
The court said Gadade would be disqualified for any fresh election to be held under the BPMC Act for being elected and for being a councillor for seven years from the date of the order. The returning officer for the 2012 polls is directed to hold a fresh election to elect a new councillor from panel 56 on or before June 30.
However,the request of the petitioner to declare her as elected candidate,on the ground of polling most number of votes after Gadade in the 2012 polls,was rejected by the court. The petitioner had challenged Gadades election pointing out that the MNS councillor had submitted fabricated birth certificate for the civic polls. An inquiry had revealed that Gadades birth certificate was indeed fabricated. The civic body has also filed a criminal case against Gadade and the civic staff who were responsible to issue the fabricated birth certificate.
Gadade was a second time corporator as she was elected in a bypoll in the previous term when the seat got vacated after the death of her mother Chhaya Gadade.
Corporators Pradeep Gaikwad of NCP and Kalpana Bahirat of MNS have also been served notice by the PMC for furnishing wrong information in their affidavits.