NAGPUR: The judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) court here on Friday acquitted Devendra Fadnavis in a case filed by lawyer Satish Uke, who had alleged that the Maharashtra deputy chief minister had suppressed information about two pending criminal FIRs in an affidavit filed before 2014 assembly polls. Both Fadnavis and Uke were present through online mode when the verdict was pronounced.
Judge Sangram Jadhav observed that cases filed against Fadnavis were “private ones” and would not have affected the election result, according to Fadnavis’s lawyers Deven Chauhan and Uday Dable. Moreover, Uke’s allegations did not make out ingredients to apply provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, they said.
Uke, who is now behind bars on charges of money laundering being probed by the Enforcement Directorate, pointed out that two cases were filed against Fadnavis in 1996 and 1998, and he had furnished a PR bond of Rs 3,000 in one of them.
On April 15 this year, Fadnavis had admitted that two cases were not mentioned in his 2014 affidavit as pointed out by Uke, and said it was an “inadvertent mistake” that took place because his lawyer missed them. He clarified that there was no intention to conceal any information about two “private complaints”, which he termed “insignificant cases”.

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