The four corporators named by Thane builder Suraj Parmar in his suicide note surrendered on Saturday morning. Two of them were remanded in police custody for nine days by the Thane sessions court
Two others — Sudhakar Chavan and Hanumant Jagdale — were shifted to JJ hospital, after they complained of chest pain and giddiness. The Bombay high court this week had ordered the four corporators to surrender on Saturday morning.
“All four of them surrendered between 9am and 9.30am. We arrested and produced them in court,” said VV Lakshminarayan, the joint commissioner of police, Thane. After the arrest, however, it took more than nine hours for the final judgment.
Parmar had shot himself on October 7. In his suicide note, he scribbled the names of the four corporators — Vikrant Chavan from the Congress, Jagdale and Najib Mulla of the NCP and Sudhakar Chavan, an independent — but struck them off, and wrote he was doing so for the sake of his family’s safety.
The four corporators were taken, under heavy bandobast, from the ACP’s office in Kapurbawdi to the Thane civil hospital, where as per procedure, they underwent medical checks.
By the time the corporators were brought to the court, their supporters had thronged the floors and were shouting slogans.
After 6pm, VV Bambarde, the additional sessions judge, ordered that Mulla and Vikrant Chavan be taken into police custody till December 14. A decision will be taken on Sudhakar Chavan and Jagdale’s remand after further medical tests.
Raja Thakre, the special police prosecutor, told the court the police needed 14 days custody to investigate the case. “So far, the police have found a raid was conducted by the I-T department last year that found a diary with details of funds being given from Parmar’s account to different politicians,” he said, adding the police needed time to investigate this angle too.
Advocate Rahul Arote, appearing for Mulla, said he has been cooperating with the probe and even submitted his passport and other documents. Rajan Salunke, Vikrant Chavan’s representative, said the police are yet to prove the corporators’ role in Parmar’s suicide.