Public prosecutor Ajay Mishar's ride in Raj Thackeray's car has triggered a controversy with lawyers saying such acts raise doubts whether the Maharashtra government is serious in prosecuting the MNS chief in the 2008 riot case.
Mishar said Raj's lawyers requested the court to allow the MNS chief to travel in the prosecutor's to the police station as a security measure.
"The court allowed it but asked me to accompany Raj in his car. So I travelled along with the investigating officer," Mishar said.
Questions have been raised about Mishar's travel in Raj's Toyata Land Cruiser after a Kalyan court remanded the leader in connection with the case of alleged assault on North Indians appearing for a railway recruitment examination.
"In a sensitive matter where eyes of people are set on important aspect of the case, it is indeed unbecoming of a prosecutor to sit in the car of the accused to be transported to the police station or the court," said noted lawyer Majeed Memon.
"Such acts raise undue suspicion with regard to the fairness of the prosecution and a possible collusion between the two rival sides," he said.