NCP corporator granted bail in attempt to murder case
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.