Marathi art director Raju Sapte hangs self after alleging harassment; cops register abetment to suicide case
Marathi art director Raju Sapte hangs self after alleging harassment; cops register abetment to suicide case

A Dindoshi sessions court last week denied transit anticipatory bail to two men Rajesh Maurya and Gangeshwar Shrivastav blamed by Marathi art director Raju Sapte before he died by suicide on July 2.

Last Tuesday the duo approached the Dindoshi sessions court seeking seven days anticipatory bail till they could approach a Pune court.

Additional Public Prosecutor Sachin Jadhav had opposed the relief to them and argued that the distance between Mumbai and Pune being only three to five hours, the duo could have directly approached the Pune court. He also pointed out that they did not make the Wakad police station where the offence was registered against them as a party. The prosecution also opposed relief on the ground that the deceased had named the two both before his death.

The court said the applicants could have approached the Pune court for relief and hence that there was absolutely no question of it granting relief.

Sapte, in a video released before the suicide, had said he was harassed by labour union’s Rakesh Maurya and that Maurya was spreading rumours about him among the labour that he is defaulting on payments, which Sapte said were false. He further stated that due to this, his projects were affected and he had to leave one of the five projects he had. The art director had also left a letter in which he blamed Maurya and Gangeshwar Shrivastav among other office bearers of the labour union. Sapte’s wife had lodged a complaint of abetment to suicide under the IPC against them at Wakad police station in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune.

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