NCP cor­po­ra­tor granted bail in at­tempt to mur­der case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

NERUL: NCP cor­po­ra­tor Suraj Patil, who was ar­rested for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to mur­der Shiv Sena leader Makrand Mha­tre, was granted bail by the Thane ses­sions court on Mon­day evening.

Af­ter com­plet­ing all the nec­es­sary for­mal­i­ties, Patil was re­leased from ju­di­cial cus­tody on Tues­day.

Patil, along with five other ac­cused, was ar­rested by the Nerul po­lice at Kuk­shet in Nerul for al­legedly as­sault­ing Mha­tre. Mha­tre had ac­cused him of ask­ing his as­so­ciates to bru­tally beat him up, said the po­lice.

In a ma­jor em­bar­rass­ment for the NCP, Patil had to spend Di­wali be­hind bars. He had ap­pealed for bail on Novem­ber 6 in the Thane ses­sions court. The de­ci­sion on that ap­pli­ca­tion was taken on Mon­day evening.

Patil said, “The al­le­ga­tions against me are false. I was not even present dur­ing the at­tack. This is a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated charge against me as I de­feated sev­eral top po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Nerul in the polls. I have done no wrong and am con­fi­dent I will get jus­tice from the court.”

On Oc­to­ber 28, the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) and the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) had jointly de­mol­ished an il­le­gal tem­ple in Kuk­shet vil­lage. A sec­tion of vil­lagers had ac­cused Patil of not do­ing enough to stall the ac­tion, which led to heated ex­changes be­tween the Shiv Sena and NCP party work­ers. It was al­leged that as a fallout, on Oc­to­ber 29, Patil and his as­so­ciates bru­tally as­saulted Mha­tre, in­jur­ing him se­ri­ously. He was ad­mit­ted to NMMC hos­pi­tal in Vashi with a frac­tured leg and in­juries on his head and hand.

A com­plaint against Patil was then reg­is­tered at the Nerul po­lice sta­tion fol­low­ing which Patil and his as­so­ciates were booked in an at­tempt to mur­der case.

On Oc­to­ber 30, the po­lice ar­rested Patil and his as­so­ciate Vishal Patil, while the oth­ers in­clud­ing Sal­man Dora, Patil’s brother San­deep and Vi­nayak Dhotre were ar­rested at Kharghar on Oc­to­ber 31.

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