Voter alive, add her name to final list,orders HC

The Bombay High Court in its order passed on Monday directed state election commission to add the name of one Asha Ramkisan Ausarmal in voter list,which was fraudulently deleted by the office from the final list of panel 43 of PCMC.

Written by AADITI JATHAR LAKADE | Pune | Published:February 16, 2012 3:52 am

The Bombay High Court in its order passed on Monday directed state election commission to add the name of one Asha Ramkisan Ausarmal in voter list,which was fraudulently deleted by the office from the final list of panel 43 of PCMC.

Ausarmal,who runs a flour mill in Bhimnagar slums near Pimpri railway station,had filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court on February 6. Within a week on February 13,the High Court passed an order not just directing the election commission to take corrective action within two days,but also allowing Ausarmal to register a police complaint for allegedly listing her as ‘dead’ and deleting her name.

According to the petition filed in January,Ausarmal’s name had appeared in the provisional list published by the election commission of India. However,her name was omitted from the final list published on January 5. After enquiring,Ausarmal learnt that the name was omitted because of some application made by a person resembling her husband’s name about the death of his wife. Incidentally,Ausarmal’s husband had expired in 2005 itself. The application stated that Asha Ram Kishan Ausarmal had died on August 24,2010.

Ausarmal had filed her candidature form,which was not accepted on February 4 as her name was not found in the list. “I went to the authorities and narrated them about the incident. I also met election commission chief Neela Satyanarayan,who said that nothing could be done,but I could approach the court,” Ausarmal told Newsline. Accordingly,she moved the high court through her lawyer Sanskar Marathe on February 6.

Ausarmal submitted an affidavit that though the name resembles her’s,she is alive. She had intended to contest from panel number 43. ‘The application could have been moved by an imposter to deny me an opportunity to contest,’ she stated.

Whereas the state election commission notified that there was no provision for entertaining objection to the final voters’ list,the court observed that it was a serious grievance and also a case of fraud and forgery that needs to be taken to its logical end.

In its order,the HC bench of justice A M Khanvilkar and justice N M Jamdar directed Ashok Munde,election registration officer,who was present in court to take immediate corrective action and include Ausarmal’s name in the final voters’ list of panel 43. This had to be conveyed to the returning officer by Tuesday.

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