Mumbai, Oct 22 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today imposed costs of Rs 50,000 on a petitioner Rajendra Sankhala, who had obtained from the High Court an order of stay on a by-election to a ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) by allegedly misleading the court.
A division bench of justice S B Mhase and D B Karnik also vacated the stay order, because of which the scheduled by-elections in the ward had to be cancelled.
Sankhala, a voter from the constituency, had moved the court seeking stay on the scheduled by-elections, saying that he had already filed an election petition against the winning candidate Simantini Narkar and the by-elections would make his election petition 'infructuous'.
Later, a contesting candidate, Aparna Narvekar had filed an intervention application saying that, Sankhala had misled the court in saying that he had filed an election petition. Her lawyer R K Mendadkar had pointed out to the court that, the election petition, though filed, was actually pending before the office of Small Causes Court and not in the court, which ultimately led to vacating of stay order and imposing of costs.