The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its judgment on a review petition filed by former Maharashtra Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis against its October 2019 verdict directing him to face trial for suppressing information about two pending forgery and criminal defamation cases in his 2014 election documents.
A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra, however, did not heed to a plea by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who argued for Mr. Fadnavis, for stay of the trial court proceedings.
Mr. Rohatgi argued that there was no concealment of information and charges had not yet been framed at the time of filing poll documents. Mr. Fadnavis said the October 2019 saw far-reaching consequences in his political graph.
The apex court verdict of October 1 last year was delivered by a Bench of then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. The judgment had directed a Nagpur court to continue with the trial against Mr. Fadnavis under Section125-A of the Representation of the People (RP) Act, 1951.