Bombay High Court grants bail to accused in Pune youth killing case

Mumbai: In a relief to Dada Modak, an alleged member of Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) and accused in the 2014 Pune Muslim youth murder case, Bombay High Court on Thursday granted him bail. The HC has, however, refused to grant bail to two other accused in the same case.

A single-judge Bench of Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere heard the bail pleas of Modak, Sagar Sutar and Ravi Sathe, the alleged members of HRS, who were booked for the murder of Mohsin Shaikh (22) in Pune.

Shaikh died in June 2014, after being attacked by a mob of more than 20 people near Unnatinagar in Pune, while he was on his way to home with a friend post evening prayers. The prosecution claimed that Shaikh was attacked during the violence in the Hadapsar area, which was triggered by an objectionable post on a social networking site. It is the prosecution’s case that Dhananjay Desai, the HRS chief, had delivered an inflammatory public speech and instigated Hindu youngsters to commit violence in the area.

According to advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, who appeared for one of the accused, Justice Mohite-Dhere granted bail to Modak on the grounds of “parity” as three other co-accused in the case were bailed out earlier this year. It may be recalled that another Bench of Justice Mridula Bhatkar granted bail to three accused in the case by observing that they were “provoked in the name of religion.”

“The court considered the fact that Modak had no criminal antecedent and, also, that nothing incriminating was recovered from him. The other two (Sutar and Sathe) were refused as they had criminal antecedents. Also, blood-stained hockey sticks were recovered from their possession,” Punalekar said.

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