MUMBAI: The Bombay high court in an interim order on Friday stayed t he state government’ s decision to disqualify three Thane corporators, who are facing trial on the charge of having abetted the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar.
A vacation bench comprising justices BR Gavai and BP Colabawalla granted relief to Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale of the NCP and Vikrant Chavan of the Congress.
Another corporator, Sudhakar Chavan had approached the HC last week and was granted t he same relief.
The bench granted interim relief to the three corporators observing that the Maharashtra government’s decision was questionable considering that the corporators were yet to be pronounced guilty and convicted by a court of law.
Last October, Parmar shot himself to death on the premises of a property he was developing. He left behind a 13-page suicide note, in which he had alleged harassment at t he hands of Thane municipal corporation’s officials and corporators. In the note, he had also named Mulla, Vikrant Chavan, Jagdale and Chavan.
All four of them were arrested by the police in December 2015 and have been out on bail since February this year.
This March, the state government had issued a show cause notice to the four corporators asking them to explain why they must not be disqualified and in May this year, the state disqualified all the four of them.
Three of them then approached the high court challenging the show-cause notice. They claimed that the BJP-Sena government had disqualified them due to “political vendetta”.
They argued that the investigation in the case was “still in progress, and a court was yet to frame charges against them. Thus, they could not be already presumed guilty and thus, be disqualified”.