Pune: Samast Hindu Aghadi President Milind Ekbote was remanded in four days’ police custody in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence case by a magistrate court in Shirur (Ghodnadi) on Wednesday.
Ekbote was arrested in another case related to the violence filed by a woman who was caught in the riots.
Pune rural police filed a case on their own at Shikrapur police station against Ekbote and his accomplices for rioting, damaging properties and conspiracy. Ekbote was arrested in this case. Police Sub Inspector Atul Bhosale, who is investigating the case, produced Ekbote before the court of Judicial Magistrate (First Class) JV Bhende.
Defence lawyers Chintamani Ghate and Suyog Wagh opposed the demand for police custody. “The incident took place three months ago. The police earlier arrested Ekbote in a case related to the same incident and did a thorough probe. One person cannot be arrested for the same offence twice,” Ghate argued.
After hearing both sides, the magistrate remanded Ekbote in police custody till Saturday.
Later, Ghate told media persons they will appeal against the order.
Ekbote granted bail
A Special Court in Pune granted bail to Ekbote in the second case filed against him related to the Koregaon-Bhima violence. Anita Sawle from Kalewadi had lodged the complaint.
Ekbote had been arrested in this case on March 14, after the Supreme Court had rejected his anticipatory bail application. After expiry of his police custody, he was lodged in Yerawada Central Jail and applied for bail which was granted on Wednesday.
Lawyers Tosif Shaikh and Kumar Kalel filed an application on behalf one of the victim Anjana Gaikwad, to stay the bail.
The court will hear the matter on Thursday.
Notice to Sambhaji Bhide, 54 others
On the application of intervenor Sanjay Bhalerao, Special Judge Bhagure issued a notice to Bhide and 54 others including Ekbote and the police for registering their statements on various allegations related to the Koregaon-Bhima violence.
No press conference, public speech: Court to Ekbote
Special Judge Pralhad Bhagure granted bail to Ekbote on Wednesday with seven conditions including not conducting any press conference or participating in any public gathering or giving speech till further order. The court also ordered him not to leave the country without court’s permission and report to the investigating officer whenever called. He has to report to the police station every Monday between 3 pm and 6 pm.