A former mayor of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC), who is currently president of BJP’s Thane district unit, was arrested along with his associates by the Bhayander police Friday for allegedly assaulting a journalist working with a weekly in 2012.
Narendra Mehta and his associates were produced Saturday before a court, which granted them bail. According to police, the complainant journalist, Shashi Sharma, had video-recorded a kitty-party allegedly organised by Mehta during the 2012 municipal elections. During the get-together, Sharma had allegedly objected to the event saying it was a violation of the election code of conduct.
Police said when Sharma told the politician that he would report the matter, a fight allegedly erupted between Mehta, his bodyguard and others with the journalist. Sharma, who was hurt and allegedly threatened by Mehta with a pistol, approached the Bhayander police, which registered a case of rioting and assault and under the Arms Act. However, not satisfied by the outcome, Sharma moved a Thane court to press additional charges against Mehta and others.
On Friday, the court granted Sharma’s appeal and based on its order, charges for voluntarily causing grievous hurt, robbery, dacoity, intentional insult and criminal intimidation were added by Bhayander police. Mehta and his associates, including his body guards, were arrested and later released on bail by the court.