The Bombay High Court has directed the police to register an FIR and launch a probe against a candidate who contested civic elections and became a corporator of PCMC in 2012,allegedly on the strength of a forged caste certificate.
The direction was given by Justices S B Shukre and S C Dharmadhikari on a petition filed by Padmini Raje-Mohite,who had also contested the election for the seat.
The court has asked Yerwada police to file an FIR and launch a probe. According to the Raje-Mohite,the post was reserved for an Other Backward Class (OBC) woman. The respondent,Sandhya Ram Jadhav,had produced a caste validity certificate dated January 20,2012. However,the petitioner,through RTI,learnt that the certificate was forged,bogus and fabricated. After marriage,Sandhya Jadhav became Sandhya Gaikwad.
The petitioner also moved the caste scrutiny committee in Pune to inquire whether the caste certificate had been validated by it.
She raised a grievance that this committee looked into its files and gave a letter to the competent investigation machinery that its record does not show that a caste validity certificate was issued to certify the caste claim of the respondent.
It appears that apart from the complaint filed by the petitioner,the caste scrutiny committee also took up the issue and sent a letter to the PCMC Commissioner,saying the respondent had produced a false,forged and fabricated caste certificate,thereby deceiving the Pune Collector, the Judges said.
The caste validity certificate produced could not,therefore,be considered valid,the court noted.
Despite such letters,the police station concerned Yerwada police station did not register any FIR nor had it commenced any investigation,the Judges observed.