Last updated: October 13, 2022 at 4:54 p.m. CET
The Bombay High Court on Thursday ordered the Mumbai legislature to accept the resignation of Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray party candidate Rutuja Latke for the forthcoming Andheri East Assembly by-election.
A divisional bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Sharmila Deshmukh said the use or non-use of discretion by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner in deciding whether to resign in the case was “arbitrary”.
The bank instructed the competent authority of the BMC to accept the resignation and to issue a letter to that effect by 11 a.m. on Friday. This would pave the way for Latke to submit her nominations for Friday’s by-election. “She (Latke) is your (BMC) employee … you should help her,” the court said.
Earlier in the day, Latke’s attorney, Vishwajeet Sawant, told the court that she was an employee and had no outstanding charges or investigations. The deadline for submitting nominations for the November 3 by-election is October 14. The by-election was necessitated by the death of Latke’s husband and incumbent MLA Ramesh Latke.
The Uddhav-Thackeray faction had claimed on Wednesday that Rutuja Latke was being pressured by the group led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to contest her ticket. The Thackeray faction also claimed to be exerting political pressure on the Mumbai legislature to delay Latke’s resignation as their employee in order to quash her candidacy for the side poll. However, BMC Commissioner IS Chahal had denied any political pressure.
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