2010 Pune bandh: Criminal case against Sena leaders Neelam Gorhe, Milind Narvekar for inciting violence to be withdrawn
Gorhe and Narvekar, against whom the case was registered in December 2010, are accused of instigating violence after wiretapped conversation showed Narvekar purportedly giving instructions to Gorhe to cause violence during the Pune bandh.pune Updated: Oct 26, 2017 23:55 IST
A local court in Pune has accepted an application filed by the district government pleader to withdraw the criminal case against Shiv Sena leaderNeelam Gorhe and Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s personal assistant Milind Narvekar days after the Maharashtra government had decided to withdraw the case against leaders of a party sharing the power.
Gorhe and Narvekar, against whom the case was registered in December 2010, are accused of instigating violence after wiretapped conversation showed Narvekar purportedly giving instructions to Gorhe to cause violence during the Pune bandh.
Judicial Magistrate First Class CT Gote, accepted the application made by the Maharashtra government’s law and judiciary department through the district government pleader advocate Ujjwala Pawar. “The consent is granted to withdraw from the prosecution,” said the judge in his order.
Earlier in 2015, another judge had rejected a similar application observing that the resolution issued by the government does not cite cases pertaining to riots. “Government resolution is in respect of social organisations and political parties where offences are registered for breach of prohibitory orders. Present case is registered for offence punishable under Sections 153 (promoting enmity among various groups) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) for provocation with an intent to cause riots,” the court had then observed.
After a failed attempt, the government submitted yet another application recently.
The original controversy was about removal of the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s mentor Dadoji Konddeo from the historic Lal Mahal by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Maratha off-shoots objected to the statue being placed along with Chhatrapati Shivaji and Jijabai’s statues. After protests from the Sambhaji brigade, the Pune civic body removed the statue hastily at 2 am. This irked BJP-Sena, which vandalised the civic body building and called for a Pune Bandh.