The Thane magistrate court Tuesday directed the police to conduct investigations into a private complaint against NCPs state working president Jitendra Awhad,alleging that he had not disclosed in his affidavit at the time of election that he owned a flat in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society.
In a two-line order,judge R S Kanade said the court had taken cognisance of a complaint by activist Pravin Wategaonkar and directed the Kalwa police station to investigate the allegation against Awhad.
The affidavit dated September 24,2009,furnished by Awhad to the State Election Commission along with his nomination for election to 2009 state Assembly,does not disclose ownership of flat in Adarsh, the complaint said.
Wategaonkar stated in his complaint that Awhad was allotted flat number 601 in the 31-storey Adarsh building before 2004,and he made several payments to the society from July 2004 to November 2010 by cheques,totalling Rs 60.37 lakh towards the flats price. The complaint sought Awhads prosecution under Section 199 and 200 (false statement made in declaration) of the IPC.
The requirement for candidates to furnish such information on affidavit is mandatory and not merely an empty formality, the complaint stated. Awhad deliberately furnished incomplete information as he was not supposed to be a beneficiary of the allotment in Adarsh Society,Wategaonkar said.
The court has posted the next date of hearing on January 17.