The small cause court on Monday passed an ex parte decree against district collector Vikas Deshmukh and two defeated candidates Yogita Deshmukh and Poonam Bhumkar on an election petition filed by Pallavi Surase.
Surases lawyer B A Aloor said since the three failed to represent themselves in the court through a lawyer,the court will proceed trial against them from October 4.
Earlier this year,Surase had filed an election petition against Deshmukh,Bhumkar,Mayor Vaishali Bankar,collector Vikas Deshmukh,Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak and the returning officer of Hadapsar election panel.
The petition alleged that Bankar hijacked the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and tampered them to secure more votes by technical methods using WiFi.
Surase had also requested for a re-election in the panel as Bankar had allegedly filed false affidavit. While Bankar had secured 9,798 votes,all other candidates managed less than 5,000 votes.
The court had issued notices to the mayor,municipal commissioner,collector and three others in the case,but only three filed affidavits through their lawyers.
Around 80 candidates,who lost in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic polls,had filed election petitions alleging tampering of EVMs,distribution of money and faulty verification of caste certificates.