The standing committee chairman of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Shivram Patil, and his wife Anita have been disqualified as corporators for indulging in illegal construction.
Both the corporators are from the Shiv Sena.
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe conducted a hearing on Friday following complaints against the duo and disqualified them. The Patils did not personally appear but sent their advocate instead.
Mundhe said, “I have found them both guilty of illegal construction in their home and hotel and hence they have been disqualified.”
Shivram is a corporator of ward 40 of Kopar Khairane and his wife Anita of ward 39 of Kopar Khairane. They had been issued notices by NMMC town planning department over illegal construction. They are accused of using their residential plot for commercial purposes and also illegal construction in their hotel.
Mundhe said, “The duo had claimed that the property has been transferred in the name of their son, however, that doesn’t exempt them from the violation that attracts disqualification as per the law.”
The Patils had earlier denied the allegations.
Shivram Patil said, “I have not yet received any letter nor been informed about the disqualification by the NMMC secretary. How can I comment on it?”
Shivram who had previously lauded Mundhe for his work in the city had later led 14 standing committee members to sign a letter of no-confidence against Mundhe, which was taken up in the special general body meeting and passed.
The move had come as a surprise as the Shiv Sena had been supporting Mundhe even as the NCP and BJP had been at loggerheads with him.
There have been allegations that the no-confidence motion against Mundhe by politicians cutting across party lines has been due to his action against the illegal construction in the context of which he has issued notices to several corporators.
Shivram had denied that his opposition of Mundhe had anything to do with the notices issued to him. The other politicians too have denied the allegation.
Shivram Patil had defeated NCP candidate and was elected as NMMC standing committee chairman. NCP’s ally, the Congress, voted for the Shiv Sena candidate.