Social activists and candidates have filed a petition against Mormugao Municipal Council Chairperson Suchita Shirodkar, Vice-chairperson Manesh Arolkar, former Chairperson and Councillor Sharad Chopdekar and newly elected councilors Tukaram Redkar and Premanand Nanoskar, in the South Goa District Court, Margao under section 22 (1) of Goa Municipalities Act 1968, over elections to the general and reserved wards of the council.
Petitioners Andre Fernandes, Yuraj Salgaonkar, Andrew D’Cunha, Alfred Azavedo, Urmila Salgaonkar and Mohana Salgaonkar have collected documents under the Right to Information Act, stating illegal use of provisional OBC certificate signed by Mormugao Deputy Collector Levinson Martins, who was also the returning officer during election.
Urmila Salgaonkar has filed a petition against the chairperson stating that Shirodkar hails from Malvan-Maharastra and does not meet the criteria for OBC certificate as provided which permits for recognition of caste by birth or migration prior to 1968.
Petitioner Andrew D’Cunha alleged that Manesh Arolkar’s financial returns reveal a real estate business, while his ration card and affidavit filed with nomination states 3.6 lakh as annual income, while a talathi report pegs it at 11.4 lakh and his status remained unchecked before the election scrutiny committee.
Petitioner Yuvraj Sangaonkar and Mohana Salgaonkar has questioned the OBC status of the newly elected councilors Tukaram Redkar from ward No. 5 and Premanand Nanoskar from ward No. 19 claiming that both are from Maharashtra and do not qualify the OBC criteria as certificate is provisional.
Petitioner Andre Fernandes has pulled up former MMC Chairperson Sharad Chopdekar for allegedly donating 1 lakh of the promised 7 lakh donation towards building of a classroom.