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Can’t link Rane,Thackerays to vandalism: govt

The state government today told the Bombay High Court there is no evidence to link Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray,MNS president Raj Thackeray and Congress leader Narayan Rane to four separate incidents of political vandalism last year.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 19, 2010 12:02 am

The state government today told the Bombay High Court there is no evidence to link Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray,MNS president Raj Thackeray and Congress leader Narayan Rane to four separate incidents of political vandalism last year.

The High Court had asked the state if these leaders had been prosecuted for allegedly instigating violence. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar said in an affidavit that investigations make it clear the incidents were not part of any criminal conspiracy hatched by these leaders.

The attacks had happened at InterContinental Hotel where the mob was allegedly led by the Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut,at Bombay University and a beauty parlour attack,allegedly by MNS workers,and at Navakal office,allegedly by Rane’s supporters.

“Have you prosecuted Balasaheb and Uddhav in the InterContinental matter?” Justice J N Patel had asked.

Iyengar’s affidavit today said“During the investigation of these four cases,it was not revealed that top leaders of the parties instigated their followers or aided and abetted… since no involvement of top leaders or conspiracy was revealed,no action of arrest or prosecution could be taken. As per the investigation none of the four incidents could justify arrest of the top leaders of the three political parties whose supporters have indulged in destruction.”

Activists involved in the attacks,including Sena leader Sanjay Raut,have been chargesheeted and damages recovered in most cases,the state said.

A division bench of Chief Justice Anil Dave and Justice S C Dharmadhikari asked the state to move in six weeks a proposal for a claims commissioner to deal with recovery of such damages.

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