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Court restrains Sharad Pawar

Mumbai: In a jolt to the NCP chief Sharad Pawar, a city civil court on Tuesday temporarily restrained him from functioning as president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, but gave him a week to appeal against the order.

Justice M.S. Sharma passed the interim order while hearing an application by senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, seeking Pawar to be restrained from functioning as MCA president pending hearing of his suit challenging the NCP supremo’s election as its chief.

The ruling has come almost a month after he tool charge.

Munde had also challenged the rejection of his nomination to contest the biennial presidential election. “The court allowed Munde’s application seeking interim relief and restrained Pawar from functioning as MCA president.

“The court also directed for Munde's suit to be heard on a day- to-day basis and to be decided within three months,” Munde’s lawyer Vivekananda Gupta said.

The court has, however, allowed Pawar to approach a higher court in appeal within a week. In his suit, Munde said the rejection of his nomination by the election officer S.M. Gorwadkar was “illegal” and prayed for fresh election for the post of MCA president.

Munde’s application to contest was rejected by the election officer on the basis of his residential status, observing that the address on his electoral registration was Beed. (PTI)