The case is still pending before the Solapur magistrate court against the accused, who is the brother of former Congress minister Siddharam Mhetre. The latter was the minister of state for home during the time of the shooting, and he had to step down from his position after the incident following wide-spread agitation.
The incident had created a lot of tension in the region, leading to agitations calling for Mhetre’s arrest. The Solapur police named Mhetre as the prime accused along with others.
The function on Saturday was for the inauguration of a sugar factory in Solapur for which Shinde was invited.