Bombay HC orders stay on BMC bypolls in four wards

The Supreme Court had earlier maintained the disqualification of four BMC corporators over the issue of false caste certificate

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After the announcement to carry out the by-elections on four seats, the Bombay High Court directed the civic body to not declare the same before June 12 while scheduling the next hearing for the matter in the first week of June. 

Earlier, the Supreme Court had disqualified four corporators – Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Kesharben Patel (ward 76) and Murji Patel (ward 81), Congress’ Rajpati Yadav (ward 28) and Steffi Kini (ward 32) - over the issue of submitting false caste certificate. The apex court dismissed the four corporators after they failed to prove the authenticity of their caste certificate.  

After BMC issued a notification for bypolls in four wards, the runner-ups from 2017 BMC elections in these wards including Congress Nitin Salagre filed a petition in the Bombay HC seeking the cancellation of the same. 

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As this happened, the Election Commission clarified that it did not issue notification for the bypolls but sought information of all the voters from these four wards. 

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