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Do community service to get criminal case quashed: HC

Four men from Borivli will have to perform community service over four weekends to get a criminal case registered against them for assaulting a college student quashed.

mumbai Updated: Sep 26, 2014 22:11 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari

Four men from Borivli will have to perform community service over four weekends to get a criminal case registered against them for assaulting a college student quashed.

On October 21, 2010, the MHB Colony police booked -- Yadnyen Gaikwad, 23, Umesh Patil, 26, Puchit Darji, 23, and Mittul Rawal, 21, -- for allegedly assaulting Rohit Shirodkar with bamboo sticks and an empty bottle. According to the complaint filed by Shirodkar, he was assaulted because he intervened in the fight between Gaikwad and another college student. The four were arrested eight days after filing an FIR, and were later released on bail. The police filed a charge sheet in the case in July 2011.

In the meanwhile, both the sides decided to amicably resolve the dispute and the quartet approached the Bombay high court (HC) seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings on the basis of an affidavit by Shirodkar, in which he stated he did not wish to pursue the complaint further.

The HC has granted them relief, but on the condition that they will help inmates at the Arthur Road jail draft applications and other documents for filing in various courts with the help of a junior lawyer for four weekends. The junior lawyer will be provided to them by advocate Sadanand Shetty, who pleaded their case before high court.

The division bench of justice VM Kanade and justice PD Kode felt that by offering community service at Arthur Road jail the quartet will also get a peak into “the life on the other side.” “It should also sooth their aggressive temperament,” the judges said.

The court has also directed each of the four to donate Rs2,000 for charitable purposes. They have been asked to pay the amount to the Tata Cancer Research Center and produce receipts before the court in four weeks.

The case
On October 21, 2010, the MHB Colony police booked -- Yadnyen Gaikwad, 23, Umesh Patil, 26, Puchit Darji, 23, and Mittul Rawal, 21, -- for allegedly assaulting Rohit Shirodkar with bamboo sticks and an empty bottle

According to the complaint filed by Shirodkar, he was assaulted because he intervened in the fight between Gaikwad and another college student. The four were arrested eight days after filing an FIR, and were later released on bail. The police filed a charge sheet in the case in July 2011.

The settlement
In the meanwhile, both the sides decided to amicably resolve the dispute and the quartet approached the Bombay high court (HC) seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings on the basis of an affidavit by Shirodkar, in which he stated he did not wish to pursue the complaint further.

The punishment
The HC has granted them relief, but on the condition that they will help inmates at the Arthur Road jail draft applications and other documents for filing in various courts with the help of a junior lawyer for four weekends. The junior lawyer will be provided to them by advocate Sadanand Shetty, who pleaded their case before high court.

The court has also directed each of the four to donate Rs. 2,000 for charitable purposes. They have been asked to pay the amount to the Tata Cancer Research Center and produce receipts before the court in four weeks.