The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected the appeal filed by Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackerays personal secretary Milind Narvekar against a Pune court order directing the police to collect their voice samples.
Gorhe and Narvekar have been charged with engineering riots in Pune after the shifting of Dadoji Konddeos statue in 2010.
The HC,while rejecting their appeal,upheld the stay on collecting their samples for six weeks from the day the order is uploaded on the HC website to give time to the duo to approach the Supreme Court, said advocate Manoj Mohite,counsel for Gorhe and Narvekar.
The HC said the voice samples were vital evidence and the police had the right to collect their samples. Mohite added that they would move the Supreme Court against this order.
A senior official from the crime branch said they would summon the duo for their voice samples if they fail to appeal within the stipulated time.
Narvekar and Gorhe were booked on the basis of their mobile phone conversation,intercepted by the police on December 27,2010. As per the FIR filed at the Bund Garden police station,during the conversation,Narvekar told Gorhe,On December 28,at 6 am,200-300 people should take to the streets in Pune. Early in the morning,at least five ST buses at Pune station,Swargate and Shivajinagar ST stands should be set ablaze. It must be done all of a sudden. Manage the TV crew and get the shots,so that it can reach the people. At 6 am,torch two trucks on the Mumbai-Pune highway so that the traffic coming towards Pune is automatically stopped. Also,torch two ST buses there.
Protesters had targeted PMPML buses,setting one ablaze and damaging over 55. The losses were estimated at over Rs 5 lakh.