Udayanraje Bhosale granted interim bail after arrest in extortion case
Udayanraje was untraceable for more than four months after he was booked in the case in March this year.pune Updated: Jul 26, 2017 12:46 IST
Controversial Lok Sabha member from Satara Udayanraje Bhosale was granted interim bail by Satara court six hours after his arrest. Direct descendent of Shivaji Maharaj, Udayanraje was arrested in connection with an extortion case.
Udayanraje was untraceable for more than four months after he was booked in the case in March this year. His bail was earlier rejected by Satara court and later by Bombay High Court in the last week.
In a dramatic move, Bhosale surrendered himself at Satara police station this morning. He was formally arrested there, creating tension in Satara district. He was granted seven days interim bail by the court around 4 pm. Next hearing of the case is scheduled after seven days.
Police were planning to take him to government hospital for medical check up. However, idea was dropped considering law and order situation. A large number of his supporters gathered at police station and later near court. Some minor incidents of violence like stone pelting on ST buses and burring of tyres were also reported.
A medical team was called at government rest house. Bhosale, who is a blood pressure patient, also complained of chest pains. He was then shifted to government hospital and was kept on the top floor in a private room, considering large number of his supporters outside the hospital. Doctors told police that he need to be admitted for medical treatment.
Police authorities decided not to take him to court considering his health and also possible threat to law and order. A large number of his supporters were seen raising slogans against his arrest. Life in Satara district came to a standstill minutes after his arrest. Schools/ colleges and business establishments remained closed. Citizens observed bandh to protest Udayanraje’s arrest.
Police authorities decided not to produce Udayanraje in persons in view of the situation prevailing in Satara and also his health. While police authorities sought his custody, Udayanraje’s counsel Dhairyashil Patil argued that he was fabricated in the case because of political motives. Police also stated the reasons why Udayanraje could not be produced in the court. He was granted interim bail by the court. A large number of his supporters celebrated court decision by raising slogans and bursting crackers.
Sources close to Bhosale family said that Udayanraje came to Satara on Tuesday night. He had deliberations with his family including his mother – Kalpanaraje – when he decided to surrender before the police. Police officials were also taken by surprise when Bhosale surrendered before them.
Sources close Bhosale family said that Udayanraje had two options – either to surrender or to appeal in the Supreme Court. He said that he chose to surrender after having discussions with lawyer, who reportedly told family that Supreme Court is unlikely to change decision.
Bombay High Court had rejected his interim bail in last week. NCP MP had then landed in Satara unexpectedly on Friday and undertook a road show. Satara police came under criticism for not arresting him. He was not staying in Satara after he was booked by the police and nine others, allegedly involved in the case, were arrested.
Rajendrakumar Jain, owner of Sona Alloyes, who runs a manufacturing unit in Lonand industrial estate in Satara district, lodged a complaint against Udayanraje and orher on March 22 this year. Jain complained that he was taken to Satara rest house where he was slapped by the Lok Sabha member, asked for protection money and was threatened to kill. Except Udayanraje, all others were arrested by the police after FIR was registered.
Bhosale described the case as politically motivated. His coounsel has argued that Jain’s factory was closed for three months and he had failed to make salaries and other legal dues to more than 1,000 workers. He was insisting to pay legal dues of all the workers. Bhosale counsel had argued that he was falsely implicated in the case. Udayanraje has been booked for extortion, assaulting, threaten to kill and abusing.