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Bombay High Court rejects election petition by Congress candidate Naseem Khan challenging election of Shiv Sena MLA Dilip Lande

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BHUVANA IYER – Mumbai Uncensored, 15 January 2022

The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed the election petition filed by Congress leader Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan challenging the election of Shiv Sena Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Dilip Lande from the Chandivali constituency.

The HC judgment said, “mere ‘chance’ or ‘likelihood’ of voters being influenced by illegal campaigning would not constitute essential fact, to contend that illegal campaigning materially affected the election result of the returned (winning) candidate”.

Single-judge Justice Sandeep K Shinde observed the petition failed to plead ‘material facts’ resulting in an incomplete cause of action.

The factual matrix in the case was that Dilip Bhausaheb Lande was elected MLA in 2019 from Chandivali. He defeated petitioner, who was the Indian National Congress candidate, by a thin margin of 409 votes. 

Khan had then filed a petition declaring the election void on grounds of commission of corrupt practices. According to Khan, there were two corrupt practices that Lande had indulged in. 

Khan claimed that there were certain concocted and doctored videos of him which Lande deliberately circulated on Whatsapp which portrayed Khan as an anti-national person. Khan’s plea challenged the election on the ground that the only beneficiary from circulating the doctored video was Lande.

He further claimed that members of Shiv Sena, including its chief, Uddhav Thackeray, had addressed audiences within the prohibited period of 48 hours, which was in contravention to the Model of Conduct by the Election Commission. 

In response, Lande filed an application seeking dismissal of the petition on the ground that the plea does not disclose the cause of action for want of material facts. Cause of action means the material facts which are necessary for a party to prove its case, to show that there has been a legal injury. Material facts are facts that are important in a case for a judge to arrive at a conclusion.

The Court underscored that the position in law is well settled that an election petition can be summarily dismissed if the mandatory requirements of Section 83 of the Representation of the People Act to incorporate material facts are not complied with.

From the pleadings in Khan’s plea regarding circulation of the fake video, the Court noted that they were incomplete as Khan had neither pleaded nor disclosed the source of the fake video in the hands of Lande.

The Court said it failed to understand the claim in the plea that violation of the conduct by Lande could land him over 400 votes, without showing any link between the alleged violation of the model code of conduct and the victory in election.

“Mere ‘chance’ or ‘likelihood’ of voters being influenced by illegal campaigning would not constitute essential fact, to contend that illegal campaigning materially affected the election result of the returned candidate” the order stated.

Justice Shinde thus dismissed the petition as Khan’s petition failed to plead material facts resulting in an ‘incomplete cause of action’.

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क्या ईडी के सामने नहीं पेश होंगे संजय राउत?

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Nazneen Yakub – Mumbai Uncensored, 28th June 2022

प्रर्वतन निदेशालय (ED)ने  शिवसेना के सांसद संजय राउत को तलब किया है। ईडी ने मुंबई के गोरेगांव में एक चॉल के पुनर्विकास प्रोजेक्ट में अनियमितता से जुड़े मामले को लेकर तलब जारी किया है। जिसको लेकर आज 28 जून को पेशी होनी थी। लेकिन संजय राउत ईडी के सामने पेश नहीं हुए हैं। 

संजय राउत ने अपने वकील के जरिए  ईडी से किसी और दिन पेश होने का समय मांगा है। वहीं मुंबई के मुंख्यमंत्री उद्धव ठाकरे ने कैबिनेट की अहम बैठक बुलाई है। 

बता दें कि ईडी द्वारा इस कार्यवाही को लेकर संजय राउत ने अपने सोशल मीडिया अकाउंट पर ट्वीट शेयर किया है कि अभी पता चला है कि ईडी ने मुझे तलब किया है, बहुत अच्छे महाराष्ट्र में बड़ा राजनीतिक घटनाक्रम हो रहा है। हम, बालासाहेब के शिवसैनिक, बड़ी लड़ाई लड़ रहे हैं। यह मुझे रोकने की साजि़श है। भले ही आप मेरा सिर काट दें, मैं गुवाहाटी का मार्ग नहीं लूंगा, मुझे गिरफ्तार कीजिए। जय हिंद। 

आपको बता दें कि ईडी ने अप्रैल में संजय राउत की अलीबाग की जमीन और दादर का फ्लैट कुर्क करने का नोटिस दिया था। अब ईडी गोरेगांव में पतरा चॉल पुनर्वसन प्रोजेक्ट में बिल्डर ने अनियमिमता कर 1,039 करोड़ कमाए और उसी पैसे में से 55 लाख रुपए गुरू आशीष कंपनी के डारेक्टर प्रवीण राउत ने संजय राउत की पत्नी को दिए थे जिससे संपत्ति खरीदी गई थी। इसी मामले को लेकर ईडी संजय राउत से पूछताछ करेंगी।

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Draupadi Murmu joins Chirag Paswan, LJPR chief announces support

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Kamaljeet Singh – Mumbai Uncensored, 23th June 2022

The BJP-led NDA has fielded former Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu as its candidate for the presidential election. 

With the announcement of his candidature, he has also started getting support from outside parties. LJPR Chief Chirag Paswan has also announced his support for him. He tweeted, “LJP (Ram Vilas) fully supports this decision of BJP.”

Chirag Paswan wrote on his Twitter handle, “Despite coming from tribal society, the position that Mrs. Draupadi Murmu ji has achieved today is the result of her ability and struggle. 

The claim for the highest position of the country from the deprived section of the society is inspiring for crores of Indians. It is a matter of pride for us that Smt. Draupadi Murmu ji has been made the Presidential candidate by NDA. 

This would be the first time in the country, when a daughter coming from a tribal society would assume the responsibility of the highest post of the country. LJP (Ram Vilas) fully supports this decision of BJP.”

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एकनाथ शिंदे यांचे बंड, महाविकास आघाडीमध्ये पेचप्रसंग?

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Kalyani Gilbile – Mumbai Uncensored, 22th June 2022

राज्यसभा निवडणुकीच्या अपयशातून सावरतोय तेवढ्यात ‘’आपण महाविकास आघाडीतून बाहेर पडून भाजपसोबत युती करावी आणि राज्यात नवे सरकार स्थापन करावे’’ असा प्रस्ताव शिवसेनेचे नेते नगरविकासमंत्री एकनाथ शिंदे यांनी मुख्यमंत्री उध्दव ठाकरे यांच्यासमोर ठेवून काल २२जून रोजी 40 आमदारांसह सूरतेची वाट धरत बंड पुकारले.

समर्थक आमदारांसह शिंदे यांनी केलेल्या बंडामुळे शिवसेना पूर्णपणे चक्रव्यूहात अडकली असून महाविकास आघाडीमध्ये मोठा पेचप्रसंग उभा राहिला आहे. उध्दव ठाकरे यांच्या हातात पक्षाची धुरा असताना शिवसेनेतील हे पहिले बंड आहे. म्हणून गटनेतेपदावरून एकनाथ शिंदेची हकालपट्टी करताना दुसऱ्याबाजूने मात्र शिवसेनेतून त्यांची मनधरणी होत आहे. 

मला कोणत्याही मंत्रीपदाची आशा नाही. मात्र हिंदुत्वाचा पुरस्कार करणाऱ्या शिवसेनेने काँग्रेस आणि राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस यांची साथ सोडून भाजपसोबत सरकार स्थापन करावे, असे ठाकरे यांच्याशी संवादात सांगितल्याचे समजते. 

आमदारांच्या नाराजीची सुरुवात राष्ट्रवादीकडे अर्थ आणि गृह मंत्रालय गेल्यापासूनच झाली होती, शिवसेनेच्या अनेक आमदारांना निधी मिळत नव्हता. त्यामुळे शिवसैनिक खूप नाराज होते. निधी मिळत नसल्याची तक्रार अनेक आमदार मुख्यमंत्री उध्दव ठाकरेंकडे करायचे. त्यावर मी शरद पवारांशी बोलतो, असं उत्तर मुख्यमंत्री द्यायचे. मात्र त्यापुढे काहीच व्हायचं नाही. संपूर्ण सरकारच शरद पवार चालवणार असतील, तर मग आपण या सरकारमध्ये का आहोत, अशी भावना सेनेच्या आमदारांच्या मनात निर्माण झाली आणि हळूहळू ती अधिक प्रबळ होत गेली. त्याचीच परिणीती एकनाथ शिंदे यांच्या बंडात झाली.

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