The Santacruz police on Thursday booked a Member of the Legislative assembly (MLA) from the Maharashtra Navniram Sena, Ram Kadam, for allegedly abusing and deterring a public servant from discharging his duty.
The incident took place late on Wednesday night when Kadam was attending a friend’s party in Santacruz (West). Loud music was playing at the venue beyond the permissible hours, and a police patrolling van in the area went there at around 1am to ask the revellers to shut it.
They were then brought to the Santacruz police station, where Kadam allegedly got into a verbal feud with the police officers and also allegedly threatened them with consequences.
Following this, the police registered a case against Kadam at around 3am on Thursday.
Confirming the incident, Madhukar Chaudhari, senior police inspector of the Santacruz police station, said, “Kadam abused our officers and he misbehaved with them as well. He has been booked under sections 186 (obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty), 504 (intentional insult with the intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. We are enquiring into the cas. He is yet to be arrested.”
Kadam has been elected from the Ghatkopar (West) constituency. The first-time MLA was suspended for four years from the assembly for unruly protest in the house to oppose Abu Asim Azmi of Samajwadi Party taking the oath in Hindi. The suspension was withdrawn in the next assembly session.
Kadam was not available for comment despite repeated calls and text messages. MNS spokesperson Shishir Parkar said, “Since I am not aware of this particular incident, I cannot comment on it.”