The Congress party on Thursday suspended its Pune city vice-president.
Deepak Mankar, also a corporator, has been accused in a case of land-grabbing and issuing threats to a senior citizen.
Last week, retired professor Yashwant Natu (70) had lodged a complaint against Mankar, alleging that he had forced him to sell prime property, between February 2006 and March 2008.
The other accused in the case are former Congress corporator Datta Sagare, four of his family members and builder Sudhir Karnataki.
Mankar has also been booked in another case for forcible acquisition of property.
Even as the sessions court turned down his anticipatory bail plea, Mankar is missing.
Congress leader Hussain Dalwai said: “In view of the cases against Mankar, the party has decided to suspend him. There is no place for any criminal elements in the party.”
The Congress’s decision to suspend Mankar came soon after the court turned down his anticipatory bail plea citing that the police required to interrogate him.
Close to party’s city leadership, Mankar was the likely candidate for the forthcoming Assembly elections from the newly formed Kothrud assembly constituency.
Congress spokesperson Anant Gadgil, who has been at loggerheads with Mankar, said: “Tainted people should not have any place in the party.”
Mankar’s lawyer said they would approach the high court to seek a stay on his arrest. “There is no need for Mankar's custodial interrogation,” said advocate SK Jain.