Shiv Sena candidate from the Mumbai south-central constituency, Rahul Shewale, may come under scanner for allegedly hiding information in his affidavit for the 2012 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls.
A city-based RTI applicant, Anand Pargaonkar, has lodged a complaint against him before the election commission, alleging that Shewale had hid details about his assets and criminal track record while filing nomination for the civic polls. Pargaonkar says he has documents, obtained under RTI, to support his claims.
"There is a case registered against Shewale in RCF police station. There was a legal battle too going on in this connection at 52nd court in Kurla prior to the civic polls. Besides, Shewale has insurance policies in the name of himself, his wife and sons, all dated during 2006-07. However, this information was not mentioned in his affidavit for BMC election. His affidavit for the Lok Sabha election though shows these details," said Pargaonkar.
The applicant said he had taken up the matter before the EC after the civic polls. The commission had then forwarded the complaint to BMC, which told Pargaonkar that there was no substance in his grievance. "I was asked to approach court. I demand action against the officials concerned too for not working on the complaint. Shewale was chairman of the standing committee then. This could be the reason why there was no action against him," he said.
Despite repeated attempts, Shewale could not be reached for his version. "He is busy in a campaign rally being addressed by RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale for him," said one of his associated.