Updated: April 21, 2021 11:52:20 pm
Former Rajya Sabha MP and builder Sanjay Kakade was arrested Wednesday morning by the Pune City Police in an ongoing investigation into a car rally held in February after the release of Pune gangster Gaja Marne from prison.
Kakade (54) was produced before a magistrate court in Pune and granted bail.
Pune City Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said, “Probe till now shows that Kakade was involved in planning the rally and giving cars for it.”
Gaja Marne was released from Taloja prison in the second week of February after his acquittal in two murder cases. A large car rally was taken out from Taloja Central Prison in Navi Mumbai to his home in Kothrud in Pune via the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. Hundreds of high-end cars were part of the rally.
While the rally created a major controversy, several offences have since been registered against Marne (54) and his aides in connection with the procession. The particular offence against Marne, in which Kakade has been arrested, pertains to conspiring to arrange the car rally and then spreading images and videos of it on social media platforms to terrorise people. The offence in this case is registered at Bundgarden police station in Pune.
Kakade was arrested as part of the probe into offence registered at Bundgarden police station. Kakade, who was elected as Independent Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha representing Maharashtra and and was later backed by the BJP, is also a prominent builder in Pune. His Rajya Sabha term ended in April 2020.
On Wednesday, Inspector Vinayak Gaikwad, seeking Kakade’s five day custody, told the court in his remand application, “We have received information that the arrested accused (Kakade) and Gaja Marne are directly and indirectly linked to each other. We want to probe, who hatched the conspiracy and who else was involved.”
But one of Kakade’s defence counsels, Chinmay Inamdar, said, “We argued that most legal provisions invoked by the police are bailable. One non-bailable provision of Criminal Amendment Act cannot be applied here. The allegation that he has links with an accused in the case have been made with a political motive.”
After hearing both sides, the court granted bail to Kakade.
Marne was recently sent to Yerawada Prison under preventive detention after being arrested by Pune rural police from Satara while on the run. He was later shifted to Nagpur Central Prisons over concerns that putting two rival gang leaders in one prison would cause security issues.
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