In a sensational twist to the “Slap-Gate” case involving legislator Geeta Jain, both the junior engineers have mysteriously withdrawn their complaint by writing an application to the senior police inspector of the Kashimira police station on Tuesday.
Jain had slapped junior engineer Shubham Patil in the PenkarPada area of Kashimira on June 20 as he allegedly laughed while being reprimanded for demolishing a residential tenement in violation of a government resolution (GR) which restricts such action during the monsoons. Jain had also accused them of being hand-in-glove with a private builder who owned a plot near the tenement. On June 21, junior engineers Patil and his colleague Sanjay Soni - who was also present when Jain slapped Patil - hired on a contractual basis in ward number six, had written a letter to the police seeking action against the legislator.
Shubham Patil and Sanjay Soni both withdraw their complaints
However, both have now distanced themselves from the incident by stating that their mental condition was not proper when they sought action against the legislator. While requesting withdrawal of their complaint, they also maintained that they were not under any political pressure and were withdrawing the complaint on their own will. Meanwhile, in a cosmetic damage control move, the MBMC has shunted out assistant civic chief Sachin Bachhav who headed ward number six. Bachav was not available for comment.