Mumbai: The Bombay HC on Monday granted an urgent hearing to right-wing leader Milind Ekbote, founder of Samast Hindu Aghadi, accused of orchestrating the violence during the celebrations by the Dalit community at Bhima-Koregaon, Pune. The HC is likely to hear his plea seeking anticipatory bail, on Wednesday.
Ekbote, booked by the Pune police for inciting violence and attempting to commit murder, was denied any pre-arrest relief by a sessions court in Pune. Aggrieved by the orders, Ekbote has approached a division bench of Justice Bhushan Gavai and Justice B P Colabwala, seeking a pre-arrest relief.
The accused Ekbote is alleged to be responsible for inciting the violence at Bhima-Koregaon, while the Dalit community had gathered to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle. The community’s move to celebrate its victory over the Peshwas, the Hindu Brahmins, was vehemently opposed by Ekbote’s organisation along with Sambhaji Bhide, the president of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan.
The violence which broke out in Pune led to the death of a youngster and its further repercussions witnessed a state-wide band, with Mumbai hit the worst. The entire city was brought to a standstill by the Dalit community, who took to the streets, condemning the violence.
In his plea, Ekbote has trashed the allegations levelled against him and has sought an anticipatory bail, since he is apprehending his arrest in the case. Meanwhile, activist Sanjay Bhalerao, through his advocate Nitin Satpute has also filed an intervention application seeking permission to oppose Ekbote’s plea.