Thane builder's suicide: Corporators seek HC relief against disqualification

Court to hear plea of NCP corporators Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale requesting stay on state order today; independent Sudhakar Chavan has already secured a reprieve till June 20

Two corporators arrested by the Thane police for their alleged involvement in Thane builder Suraj Parmar’s suicide case, approached the Bombay High Court yesterday requesting a stay on the state government’s order for disqualifying them. Their plea will be heard on Thursday.

The two Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporators Najib Mulla and Hanumant Jagdale have an FIR registered against them under Section 33 of the Maharashtra Municipal Act. They approached the court after it granted relief to independent corporator Sudhakar Chavan till June 20. Chavan too is an accused in the Parmar suicide case.

In February, the state issued notices to the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) ordering stringent action against Mulla, Jagdale, Chavan and Congress’s Vikrant Chavan. However, when the TMC’s Standing Committee failed to reach a decision of whether to suspend or disqualify the accused, the state ordered disqualification of all the four corpoartors on May 17 and asked them to respond by June 2. Vikrant Chavan is yet to move high court.

The case
On October 7, 2015, Suraj Parmar, a prominent builder and MCHI (Thane) president, shot himself in the head at one of his under-construction sites in Kasarvadavli in Thane. In the 13-page suicide note he left behind, Parmar had named a few politicos of extorting money from him to let him complete his ongoing projects. Based on investigation and circumstantial evidence, the four corporators were arrested in December and are out on bail since February.

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