Pune: Following the withdrawal of lawyer Ujjwal Nikam from the post of Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the Mohsin Shaikh murder case, his father, Sadiq Sheikh, has asked the State government to appoint advocate Rohini Salian as SPP.
Mohsin Shaikh was killed during communal riots in Hadapsar in 2014. Salian was SPP in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case, where she worked on the prosecution of members of a right wing Hindu organisation and Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit.
Sadiq Sheikh has written a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, where he has asked that Salian be appointed SPP in his son’s murder case. The letter to the CM was submitted in the Pune district court, which adjourned the case till July 4 due to non-availability of an SPP.
Sadiq said, “Earlier, we had sought appointment of Nikam as he had fought several cases including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts cases. But after Nikam withdrew from the case, we believe Salian can be a better replacement. Salian had decided to quit from the Malegaon case after being pressurised by the Central government.”
Mohsin, a 28-year-old techie, was lynched to death by a mob consisting of members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena, led by Dhananjay Desai, in 2014 during communal riots following alleged posts on Facebook mocking Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and Chhatrapati Shivaji.