Within 10 months of framing charges, a special court in Mumbai for MPs and MLAs acquitted all accused, those former and present Shiv Sena (then undivided) leaders who had protested against Narayan Rane in 2005. The case was listed for judgement on Wednesday morning.

The case for unlawful assembly, assaulting and using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging duty, wrongful restraint and causing mischief was registered against 29 Shiv sainiks for protesting against Rane who had left the party and joined Congress. He was said to be holding a meeting with his close associates when the Shiv Sainiks had protested.

The case was registered at the Dadar Police Station and some sections of the Bombay Police Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act had also been invoked.

Among those who were charged are now Shiv Sena UBT Lok Sabha candidate from Mumbai South Arvind Sawant and South Central candidate Anil Desai and Ratnagiri- Sindhudurg constituency candidate Vinayak Raut.

Others who were also facing the charges were MLA Ravindra Waikar of the Eknath Shinde faction of Shiv Sena, former MLA Dagdu Sakpal of UBT faction, along with UBT MLA Ajay Chaudhari. Former Mumbai Mayors Shraddha Jadhav and Vishakha Raut and former MLC Kiran Pawaskar also pleaded not guilty.

In the last many years, four people, including former MLA Suryakant Mahadik have died awaiting trial.

After special judge Rahul Rokde read out the judgement, all the 25 acquitted persons were then directed to furnish PR bond of Rs 15,000 each with surety of amount to appear before the Appellate Court as and when court issues the notice in respect of any appeal or petition filed against the judgment of the special court.

Published By:

Shweta Kumari

Published On:

Apr 11, 2024