Prabhakar Shinde’s 2017 election not valid: Small Causes Court

by Web Desk | Published: 15 Oct 2021

Mumbai Small Causes Court: Prabhakar Shinde’s 2017 election not valid
The former Shiv Sena member and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Prabhakar Shinde’s 2017 elections have been kept aside and named null and not valid by a small caused court. In the polls held in the year 2021 February, Prabhakar Shinde was elected from ward number 106. 
After the request made by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the lawyers of Prabhakar Shinde in this case, he was granted a stay of four weeks giving him chance to appeal. After it was granted, Advocate Jeet Gandhi stated that Prabhakar Shinde will be filing a petition to the Bombay High Court against the order. 
One additional chief judge of the small causes court in Dhobi Talao permitted an election petition that was to be filed by a resident, named Bharagav Kadam. It all happened in a judgement marked in the open court. Prabhakar Shinde the former Shiv Sena member was challenged because the latter had not signed the nomination form, alleged the legal team. Attacking this, Shinde’s lawyer state that signing on the nomination form is the duty of the returning officer, even if he fails to complete his duty why the elected candidate should be punished. 
One more point raised by the legal team from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) corporator Prabhakar Shinde’s side was that the person who has filed a challenge against winning the election was neither a candidate nor a voter of his constituency and with this regard, he shouldn’t be heard to or to file an election petition. 
Soon after the judgement came in Prabhakar Shinde stated that he would soon file a petition before the Bombay High Court. “There were many steps that took place when the application form was filled, first it was accepted and then examined, and just because the returning officer didn’t sign on the application form it gets cancelled,” stated Prabhakar Shinde. 
When Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections in 2017 were approaching, Prabhakar Shinde joined hands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since then he was termed as the party’s group leader in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The order from the court has come at a time when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections 2022 are just around the corner. 

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