Barely a week after Prithviraj Chavan took over as chief minister, a Pune-based social activist moved the Bombay High Court seeking an inquiry into the allotment of a flat to him at Wadala.
The flat is in a building constructed for housing economically backward sections.
The petitioner, Hemant Patil, president of the non-governmental organisation Rashtriya Bhrashtachar Virodhi Janshakti, said in the petition filed on Friday that Chavan did not disclose ownership of the flat in Venus Cooperative Housing Society in affidavits annexed to his Rajya Sabha nomination papers.
Patil said this amounted to a breach of the code of conduct established under the Representation of Peoples Act (1951). Chavan was allotted a flat through the chief minister’s quota, said the petition.
It took strong exception to an affidavit filed by Chavan in which he declared himself economically backward to get the flat.
According to the petition, the affidavit said Chavan’s annual income was merely Rs 76,000.
“Such a person has now been conferred the post of chief minister of the state,” said the petition.
“Respondent No 4 [Chavan] completed his education in the US. How can he be termed economically backward?”
Patil alleged that by filing the affidavit Chavan committed offences punishable under sections 193, 199 and 200 of the Indian Penal Code.
Therefore, Patil contended, an investigation was necessary. He also sought to declare as invalid Chavan’s election to the Rajya Sabha.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing before a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and justice SJ Kathawala.