In the electoral wards from 1 to 18 in north Mumbai, 26 candidates with criminal records are in the fray for the February 21 civic polls.
Of them, the BJP and Shiv Sena have fielded five candidates each while the Congress has one candidate. The rest 15 nominees are independents.
These electoral wards are under R-north (1 to 8) and R-central (9 to 18) administrative wards. These wards cover Borivli and Dahisar area.
Sunil Gimbal, an Independent from R-north, has a murder case registered against him dating back to December 2007. Gimbal told HT that he had been acquitted in the case.
In the R-north ward, 14 candidates have cases against them while 12 candidates fielded from R-central ward have been charged.
Two BJP candidates — Dinesh Ambore and Vidhyarthi Singh — have molestation cases against them. Ambore has another case of ‘causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means’.
Sitting corporator Prakash Darekar, who joined the BJP from MNS, is contesting from the R-central ward. He has five cases against him — the highest in the two administrative wards.
Another BJP sitting corporator Mohan Mithbaonkar has three cases against him.
Similarly, the Sena gave tickets to five candidates with ongoing criminal cases. These include Balkrishna Brid, Sheetal Mhatre, Sandhya Doshi and Rajesh Kadam.
HT also found that some candidates did not disclose criminal cases. Sitting Congress corporatosr Sheetal Mhatre was booked for assaulting a junior engineer at the ward office in Dahisar (West). This information finds no mention in the affidavit.
“If someone notices that candidates have not declared criminal cases, they can file a case against them. The court will take action,” said JS Sahariya, state election commissioner.