Nalasopara arms haul case: Shiv Sena leader fetes lawyer for defending right-wing activists

Ayesha ShaikhUpdated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:40 AM IST
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Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut lauded the efforts of advocate Sanjeev Punalekar for representing ‘innocent’ Hindu right wing activists accused in the Nalasopara arms haul case and murder cases and felicitated him at the Mumbai Patrakar Sangh on Monday. Outside the venue, the National Congress Party (NCP) leader Vidya Chauhan staged a protest against the ceremony.

Chauhan said, “The Shiv Sena is felicitating an advocate who is defending the killers of journalist Gauri Lankesh, Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi. These are also people from whom large amounts of explosives have been recovered.” During the felicitation ceremony, Punalekar, responding to Chauhan’s allegations, said, “Advocate Majid Memon, who represented Yaqub Memon who was proved guilty in the 1993 Bombay blasts case, was a member of the NCP.

Does not this mean they were supporting terrorists?” Raut, in his speech, addressing the audience in the style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lashed out at him for not building the Ram Mandir. “I am not Hafiz Saeed, I am not exploding bombs that I have to get scared.” Diptesh Patil, coordinator of Hindu Gowansh Raksha Samiti, told FPJ, the main theme of our organisation is to establish a ‘Hindu rashtra’ and the ones who are imprisoned in cases like the Nalasopara explosives case are being falsely accused.

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