Mumbai: An accused in additional collector
Yashwant Sonawane murder case has moved the Bombay High Court
challenging the invocation of the stringent Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
Madansingh Rajmurdas Singh has also sought quashing of
FIR against him.
On January 25, Sonawane was set ablaze by some people
involved in fuel adulteration at Panewadi near Manmand in
Nashik district. While Sonawane died on the spot, Popat
Shinde, the main accused, too suffered burns, and died later.
Apart from Singh, nine persons were arrested.
In his petition before the High Court, Singh has said
he was falsely implicated in the case.
"Police have shown cases registered more than ten
years back while invoking sections under MCOCA. According to
the law, MCOCA can be invoked only if a person has two or more
cases registered against him in the past ten-year period," the
The division bench of Justices PV Hardas and MN
Gilani has adjourned the matter till April 21.
According to the police, Sonawane had detected oil
pilfering and tried to stop it when he was attacked.