Mumbai : The Bombay High Court has granted bail to two men who claimed their allegiance to gangster Chhota Rajan. The accused had been booked for allegedly attempting to kill a Shiv Sena leader in 2015.
A single-judge bench presided over by Justice Sadhana Jadhav granted bail to Jogendra Badai and Malkappa Koli who were booked by the RAK Marg police station in September 2015.
It was the prosecution’s case that Haresh Shivalkar, a leader of the Shiv Sena party was pursuing a case against a local builder who had allegedly acquired land of a slum area.
According to the prosecution, after Shivalkar’s move to fight a case against the builder, he had received threats and also phone calls demanding Rs 5 lakh. It was contended that the forcibly entered Shivalkar’s house on September 16, 2015 and had assaulted him with swords. During the assault, one of the accused told Shivalkar and his friends that they worked for gangster Chhota Rajan.
While allowing the bail pleas, Justice Jadhav said, “A serious doubt has been raised as to why the two friends of Shivalkar were not called for test identification as they were the best persons to identify the assailants. This is because they were present at the time when the incident occurred and they were asked to leave the room of Shivalkar before the attack.”
“Taking into consideration the material collected against the present applicants and the fact that charge-sheet is filed in the present case in November 2015, this Court is inclined to grant bail,” Justice Jadhav added.