22 Sena men let off in ri­ot­ing, at­tempt to mur­der case

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THANE: Twenty- two Shiv Sena work­ers and lead­ers, in­clud­ing state min­is­ter Ek­nath Shinde and Thane mayor San­jay More, were on Wed­nes­day ac­quit­ted by a lo­cal court in an at­tempt to mur­der and armed ri­ot­ing case of 2005.

In 2005, when the then Shiv Sena leader and cor­po­ra­tor Ravin­dra Phatak quit saf­fron party and j oined Congress along with se­nior leader Narayan Rane, the ac­cused had al­legedly at­tacked the Shiv Sena branch of­fice in Wa­gle Es­tate and ran­sacked it.

Phatak had reg­is­tered a com­plaint against the Sena work­ers and lead­ers in this re­gard and the ac­cused were be­ing tried in the court since then.

How­ever, three years ago, Phatak re­turned to the Sena and was re- elected as its cor- po­ra­tor, fol­low­ing which, he de­posed in the court that he had no com­plaint against the ac­cused.

Ra­jan Salunke, coun­sel for the ac­cused, on Wed­nes­day prayed that since the com­plainant him­self has stated that he had no com­plaint against the ac­cused, they should be dis­charged.

Ac­cord­ingly, ad­di­tional ses­sions Judge H M Pat­ward­han ac­quit­ted all the ac­cused of all the charges.

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