Accused moves HC against ban on footwear in MCOCA court
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Last Updated: Friday, December 10, 2010, 22:19
Mumbai: A man facing charges in the Aurangabad arms seizure case has appealed to the Bombay High Court to allow him wear shoes in the special MCOCA court, where accused with footwear are not allowed due to security reasons.

Shaikh Naeem, the accused wrote a letter to the High Court from prison, which has been turned into a petition.

Shaikh has argued that the rule banning the accused from wearing footwear violates Article 14 (right to equality) and Article 21 (right to life and personal liberty) of the constitution.

Security officials had insisted that accused entering MCOCA judge Y D Shinde's court take off footwear since September this year.

Shaikh complained to Shinde, but the judge did not entertain him, saying that if the police thought it was necessary for security purposes, the rule must be followed.

Earlier, in March this year, an accused in another case had hurled a chappal at Shinde.

Today, prosecution told the division bench of Justices A M Khanvilkar and V M Kanade that Shaikh was a "hardened criminal", there were cases lodged against him in various cities and he had once tried to escape from police custody.

However, the division bench said that the reply by the police was vague and asked them to produce more "material" to justify the ban at the next hearing scheduled for December 16.


First Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, 22:19

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