Pune: A sessions court here on Monday rejected the interim anticipatory bail application of Samasta Hindu Aghadi President and right wing leader Milind Ekbote. The court of Additional Sessions Judge Pralhad Bhagure rejected the bail application of Ekbote citing the reason that there is a possibility of fleeing of the accused from justice by granting him anticipatory bail.
Based on a complaint filed by 39-year-old Anita Sawale, a resident of Kalewadi under Pimpri police station, on January 2, had registered zero FIR against Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide. They were charged with offences under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly guilty), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 435 (mischief by destroying or moving, etc, a landmark fixed by public authority mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocity) Act.
Later, the FIR was transferred to Pune rural police for further investigation, as Koregaon-Bhima falls under their jurisdiction.
Ekbote had filed an application for anticipatory bail on January 11 and requested that in the event of his arrest in connection with the offences registered against him at Shikrapur police station in pursuant to the complaint filed by Anita Sawale, he may kindly be directed to be enlarged on bail.
Suvez Haque, Superintendent of Police, Pune (Rural) said, “Till now, we have not arrested him but will take necessary action as required by the law.”