Solapur (Maharashtra), Feb 24 (IANS) In a major development, the Maharashtra government’s caste validity committee on Monday rejected the caste certificate submitted by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Jaisiddheshwar Shivacharya Swami, putting a question mark over his continuance as a Lok Sabha member.

The 3-member committee presided over by Gyandev Sul dismissed the claims of Swami and struck down his caste certificate issued in January 1982 as “invalid” in its order on February 20.

Ruling that the Swami had submitted a “fake certificate” in his election affidavit, the committee has directed the Akkalkot (Solapur) district authorities to initiate appropriate legal proceedings against him in the matter.

–IANS

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