Suraj Parmer suicide case: HC relief for three Thane corporators from disqualification

In a temporary relief, the Bombay High Court today stayed till June 20 the disqualification of three corporators from Thane who are facing charges of abetting suicide of builder Suraj Parmar. Hanumant Jagdale (NCP), Vikrant Chavan (Congress) and Najib Mulla (NCP) were granted interim relief by vacation Judge B R Gavai on the ground that MNS-turned-Independent corporator from Thane, Sudhakar Chavan, a co-accused in this
case, had been given similar relief earlier.

The three corporators had been disqualified by the Thane Municipal Corporation on the orders of Urban Development department of Maharashtra Government. Jagdale, Vikrant and Mulla had moved the High Court challenging their disqualification on the ground that the BJP-Sena government in the state had disqualified them due to political vendetta.

Earlier, all the four Corporators were granted bail by Thane sessions court. Parmar had shot himself dead on October 7, 2015. He had left behind a suicide note blaming some politicians for mental harassment and demanding payoffs.

After forensic tests on the builder¿s note in which he had struck out the names of politicians after mentioning them, police had named corporators Mulla, Jagdale, Vikrant and Sudhakar as accused in the case.

The four corporators were then charged with abetment of suicide, criminal misconduct and bribery under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Action was taken to disqualify the Corporators under the provisions under Section 13 of Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, which allows the government to remove a corporator found guilty of any misconduct. The matter would now come up for hearing and admission on June 20.

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