Mumbai: A PIL was filed in the Bombay High Court against Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan alleging that he had not disclosed information of his Wadala flat while filing his nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls.

The fresh PIL, which would come up for hearing in due course, alleged that while filling the declaration form, Chavan had not disclosed about the flat located at the Venus Cooperative Housing Society, Wadala in Mumbai.

The flats in the building were meant for the economically backward. The PIL also alleged that while obtaining the flat, Chavan had filed an affidavit claiming he is 'economically backward'.

The petition questioned as to how Chavan could belong to the economically backward class when he had completed his education in the US. "Assuming that the respondent (Chavan) belongs to economically backward class, even then he has not been exempted from not disclosing the said fact that he owned a flat in Mumbai.

"It appears from the record, that the flat in Venus Cooperative Housing Society has not been shown in the list of immovable property in the affidavit annexed to his nomination form and thus he (Chavan) has suppressed vital information from Election Commission thereby committing breach of rules of Code of Conduct established according to the provisions of Representation of Peoples Act, 1951," the PIL said.

A Pune-based social worker Hemant Baburao Patil, who is also the president of Rashtriya Bhrashtrachar Virodhi Janshakti, had moved the HC with a similar petition on December 13, 2010. He was advised to approach the Election Commission with his grievance. Patil claimed he did approach the poll panel but no action was taken.

He then approached the high court again with a fresh PIL and prayed that action be taken against Chavan as he had allegedly violated IPC and provisions of The Representation of the People Act by submitting false affidavit of income before the authorities concerned.

Patil requested that an enquiry be ordered into the allegations against the chief minister and legal action be instituted against him.

He informed the high court that he had written letters to Chief Election Commissioner and also to the Chief Electoral Officer of Maharashtra. But no action had been taken against Chavan.



(Agency)