SC junks Devendra Fadnavis’ plea seeking dismissal of trial for not disclosing criminal cases in 2014 affidavit

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will face trial for allegedly failing to furnish details of two pending criminal cases against him in his 2014 poll affidavit, after the Supreme Court dismissed his plea seeking review of its 2019 verdict.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that there is no ground to review the last year’s verdict.

“We find no ground to interfere in the review petitions. The same are dismissed,” said the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose.

The order was passed on February 18 but it was uploaded on the apex court website on Tuesday.

Lawyer Satish Uke had filed an application in the court seeking that criminal proceedings be initiated against Mr Fadnavis. Cases of cheating and forgery were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998, but charges were not framed in both the matters. Uke alleged that Fadnavis did not disclose this information in his election affidavits.