New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (June 22) stayed the Bombay High Court verdict which cancelled the caste certificate of Navneet Kaur Rana, an independent Lok Sabha MP representing reserved Amravati constituency in Maharashtra.
A vacation bench of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari took note of Rana’s appeal and issued notice to Maharashtra and others including the person who had complained against the caste certificate of the lawmaker.
Earlier on June 9, the Bombay High Court cancelled the caste certificate issued to Amravati MP Rana, saying it was obtained fraudulently using fabricated documents, and directed her to surrender it within six weeks.
The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court cancelled the caste certificate of Amravati MP Navneet Rana saying, “Since she got it validated fraudulently from Caste Scrutiny Committee by producing fabricated and fraudulent documents, caste certificate is cancelled and stands confiscated.”
A division bench of Justices R D Dhanuka and V G Bisht also imposed a cost of Rs 2 lakh, which she needs to pay to the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority within a period of two weeks.
The HC noted that the claim of belonging to ”Mochi” caste made by Rana for obtaining the Scheduled Caste certificate itself was fraudulent and made with an intention to obtain various benefits available to a candidate from such category, despite knowing she does not belong to that caste.
Rana was elected from Maharashtra’s Amravati Lok Sabha seat in 2019. She is an Independent MP backed by the NCP.
”The application (for caste certificate) was made intentionally to make a fraudulent claim to enable the respondent no.3 (Rana) to contest the election for the post of Member of Parliament on a seat reserved for a Scheduled Caste candidate,” the HC court said in its judgement.
The HC passed its order on a petition filed by social worker Anandrao Adsule, seeking for cancellation of the caste certificate dated August 30, 2013 issued by Mumbai Deputy Collector, identifying Rana as belonging to the ”Mochi” caste.
(With inputs from PTI)