There was a time not many years ago when NCP in Navi Mumbai was the ideal party, with the most ideal leaders and the most ideal corporators. Into 2017 and NCP Navi Mumbai stands time’s biggest test of credibility and survival. The downslide of the party continues as their star corporators are coming under the scanner one after the other for grave allegations. From murder allegations, to illegal construction and now to huge tax default, yet another dabang NCP corporator to come in the midst of grave allegations is Netra Shirke. Once the party’s educated and dynamic face, Netra Shirke according to social activists fighting against her is a tax defaulter and has lied under oath while contesting allegations. According to social activist Sanjay Bhaas when Netra Shirke contested elections in 2005, she field a false affidavit as she was a NMMC contractor at that time.
He says he has also filed a case against her for disproportionate wealth.
The graver allegations against Netra Shirke is that she has defaulted entertainment tax to the tune of over a Crore. A separate case in this regard has been filed against her by social activist Rajeev Mishra.
Varsha Bhaas, the PWP candidate who fought the last municipal elections against Netra Shirke says that there has been massive bogus voting in her ward the last time round.
She says that she too has demanded an enquiry against the service tax, entertainment tax and other taxes she believes Netra Shirke has defaulted.
Sanjay Bhaas says that they have documentary proof to validate their allegations and that is why they filed a case in NMMC with the Commissioner to cancel Netra Shirke’s corporatorship. Evidently, NMMC officials did not cooperate with Sanjay Bhaas when he filed a RTI but former Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe did patiently hear Sanjay Bhaas’s allegations.
According to Sanjay Bhaas, former Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe was of the opinion that the case against Netra Shirke was worthy of cognizance and action would be taken.
During the tenure of former Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe, Netra Shirke evaded one notice and one hearing kept by the Commissioner giving reasons of ill health, soon after which he was transferred. The new Commissioner Dr Ramaswamy N however did call for a final hearing and his verdict in the case is awaited. Not surprisingly, Netra Shirke refused to speak to NMTV in the case. Whatever may be the outcome of this case, allegations against NCP corporators one after the other are not reflecting well on the NCP party’s image in Navi Mumbai that too at a time when the countdown to the next parliamentary and assembly polls have started. Bureau report – NMTV News.