Bombay HC rejects Corporator`s bail plea
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Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012, 21:22
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by a newly-elected corporator from suburban Govandi.

Shiv Sena corporator Dinesh Panchal had moved the high court after the session court had also rejected his bail application on March 13.

An FIR was registered against Panchal and four others under charges of unlawful assembly, rioting with weapons and causing grievous hurt.

According to Panchal, he was a victim of political rivalry, as the FIR was lodged at the instance of Shashikant Patil, the erstwhile NCP corporator, who lost the seat to Panchal in the civic elections held in February.

While two were arrested in the case, two others were granted anticipatory bail by the sessions court.

The complaint was lodged on February 15 by NCP's Mahendra Benarji, a day before the elections, when Panchal and four of his partymen allegedly assaulted NCP workers with bamboos, belts and other weapons.

In his anticipatory bail plea, Panchal contended that Patil was distributing sarees and money amongst voters a day before the election and an opposition from his party workers led to the alleged scuffle.

He, however, stated that all the charges pressed against him are bailable. Panchal said that the sarees and cash were seized by the Trombay police that registered a separate case in the matter.

Additional public prosecutor Rajeshree Gadhvi, however, said that if Panchal found that election norms were flouted, he should have informed the Election Commission and not taken the law in his own hands.

Granting no relief to Panchal, Justice A V Nirgude said, that the matter needs further investigation.


First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, 21:22

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