‘Traf­fic cop pro­voked Sena man to hit her’

Ad­vo­cate of Sena worker ac­cused of as­sault­ing traf­fic con­sta­ble in 2016 files dis­charge ap­pli­ca­tion in court, stat­ing he hit her only af­ter she hit him

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TWO years af­ter Shiv Sena worker Shashikant Kal­gude beat her up just be­cause she was do­ing her job, Thane traf­fic con­sta­ble Seema Kale is still await­ing jus­tice. While she re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port post the in­ci­dent, and an FIR was also filed against Kal­gude, his ad­vo­cate filed a dis­charge ap­pli­ca­tion in court last month al­leg­ing she hit Kal­gude first.

The in­ci­dent had oc­curred on Fe­bru­ary 25, 2016, when Kale was posted with the traf­fic depart­ment. Around 11.30 am that day, Kal­gude was driv­ing his Scorpio to­wards the Cad­bury junc­tion in Thane. Kale saw Kal­gude talk­ing on his phone. She stopped him and asked him to show his li­cence, upon which Kal­gude al­legedly got an­gry and be­gan yelling and as­sault­ing her. An un­de­terred Kale hit him back. The whole in­ci­dent was cap­tured on CCTV.

The FIR was filed soon af­ter. Now, Kal­gude’s ad­vo­cate Sushma Mishra has filed a dis­charge ap­pli­ca­tion. Mishra said in court, “The com­plainant party them­selves pro­duced CCTV footage in court, which clearly shows the woman con­sta­ble slap­ping him first. Our client was tak­ing his car on the side, but she still hit my client first, af­ter which he started beat­ing her. It is on these grounds that we have filed a dis­charge ap­pli­ca­tion. She pro­voked my client to beat her.” The court has asked the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer to file their say be­fore July 23.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Prashant Londhe said, “We have strong ev­i­dence against the ac­cused, like CCTV footage, mo­bile tower lo­ca­tions and many other things. So, we will op­pose his ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Still go­ing strong

Pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor in the case San­gita Phad said, “The case is on fast track, but it got de­layed be­cause trans­fers hap­pened in the mean­time. Now, once the dis­charge ap­pli­ca­tion hear­ing gets done, and if it gets re­jected, the case will start im­me­di­ately.”

Asked if their case is still strong af­ter hear­ing de­fence’s al­le­ga­tions, Phad said, “Our chargesheet is re­ally strong. We have clear and strong wit­ness state­ments. We will also op­pose their ap­pli­ca­tion.” The chargesheet in the case had been filed within 20 days.

mid-day con­tacted Kale, but she re­mained un­avail­able for com­ment. Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Kale had been re­warded R10,000 by the Thane traf­fic depart­ment for rep­ri­mand­ing Kal­gude.

‘We have strong ev­i­dence against the ac­cused, like CCTV footage, mo­bile tower lo­ca­tions and many other things. So, we will op­pose his ap­pli­ca­tion’ Prashant Londhe, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer

mid-day’s re­ports on Fe­bru­ary 27, 2016 and on Jan­uary 11, 2017

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