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Hindu Sena chief Dhananjay Desai approaches HC, seeks bail

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Mumbai: Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) chief Dhananjay Desai, the prime accused in the murder case of a Muslim youth in Pune, has once again approached the Bombay High Court seeking bail. This is for the second time that Desai has knocked the HC’s doors.

Earlier, the HC had rejected his bail plea as the prosecution had not filed its chargesheet. Even the Pune sessions court has turned his pleas twice.

It is the prosecution’s case that Desai had delivered an inflammatory public speech instigating Hindu youngsters to commit violence in Pune that led to an attack on Mohsin Shaikh, who died on the spot.


In his fresh application filed through advocate Sanjiv Punalekar, Desai has sought bail contending that he is ‘innocent’ and is falsely implicated in the case.

“The case of the prosecution against the applicant (Desai) is founded on an alleged inflammatory speech given on January 19, 2014. The applicant is facing three cases in three separate police stations for that speech and for distributing some pamphlets. The prosecution has attempted to link alleged actions of Desai in these three offences with the alleged murder of Mohsin Shaikh,” the application states.

The application states that the prosecution has not produced any evidence against Desai that can show the alleged murder of Sheikh has anything to do with his speech. The application also states that admittedly, Desai was not present on the spot where Sheikh was allegedly murdered. The application also states that the prosecution has not attributed active role to Desai in this case.

The application is likely to be heard by a single-judge bench of Justice Sadhana Jadhav.