SC grants pre-arrest bail to Ekbote

Sakal Times
Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Pune: A day after the Pune District and Sessions Court issued an arrest warrant against Milind Ekbote, President of Samast Hindu Aghadi, who is absconding in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted him relief from arrest till February 20.

A Bench headed by Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar sought a response from the Maharashtra government to apprise it about the law and order situation in the State.

Pune: A day after the Pune District and Sessions Court issued an arrest warrant against Milind Ekbote, President of Samast Hindu Aghadi, who is absconding in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted him relief from arrest till February 20.

A Bench headed by Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar sought a response from the Maharashtra government to apprise it about the law and order situation in the State.

It said that in the event of Ekbote’s arrest, he should be released on bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 1 lakh. The SC has directed the Mumbai High Court to release the judgement copy rejecting his pre-arrest bail plea. The next hearing in the case is on February 20.

A case was registered against Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, for allegedly ‘inciting’ violence that left a man dead near Koregaon-Bhima on January 1. The FIR was registered with Shikrapur police station under Pune rural police.

Anita Sawale (30) of Kalewadi had lodged the complaint on January 2. She alleged that the duo had incited people who had attacked those who had gathered at the Vijay Stambh at Koregaon-Bhima to celebrate 200 years of the famous battle there. Later, the FIR was transferred to Shikrapur police station under Pune rural police for further investigation as Koregaon-Bhima falls under their jurisdiction.

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