One case was that of Ghatkopar corporator Pratiksha Ghuge. Her nomination forms were rejected as two pages were missing from affidavits to be submitted. According to advocate Harshad Bhadbhade, counsel for Ghuge, the problem occurred as the commission’s website hung, resulting in her being unable to print two out of 10 pages of affidavits. This was relating to assets declaration and while she could take printouts detailing assets of spouse, she could not do so for her children. “It is nobody’s case that the disclosures were not submitted. It was a technical defect. The returning officer has access to the website and could have taken the printout but he did not do so,” claimed Bhadbhade. The court issued a notice to the state election commission and kept the matter for hearing next week.
Another lawyer pointed out that norms provide for the returning officer to scrutinise documents filed and allow for corrections to be made on the spot.