Lodha, who was one of the speakers at the sabha, had during his speech invoked the 1992-93 riots in the city as well as terror attacks, while referring to the voters of Sakpal’s opponent, Congress MLA Amin Patel.
Majeed is facing trial for sections including punishment for terrorist act, conspiracy and Section 125 of the Indian Penal Code for waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with the government of India.
The accused were granted bail by the Bombay High Court on August 9 with conditions prohibiting them from leaving Mumbai without court permission and requiring them to report to the crime branch every alternate day.
The accused, who worked as a peon in the school, was found guilty under a section of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act by the special court in October 2016, which had observed that since the incident had taken place on the premises of the school, stringent punishment should be given.
“The letter written by Trust to Income Tax once again affirms that the Trust was a mere cover of Mirchi, acting as per his directions. The present accused (Yusuf) was acting on behalf of Mirchi,” the ED has claimed.
In his reply to the EC on October 23, Sakpal had said: “I do not endorse and support anyone else’s views and opinions and have not agreed or recommended statements, views and opinions privately or publicly made by anyone other than me. I am distancing myself from statements made by any other person.”
At the rally held in support of Mumbadevi candidate Sakpal, Lodha had delivered a speech referring to previous instances of riots and terror attacks, claiming that the bombs and bullets used were manufactured “in lanes within 5 km” of the meeting venue.
For Colaba’s 2.7 lakh voters (apart from the fishing community), redevelopment in areas like Girgaon, tenancy of leased buildings belonging to the Mumbai Port Trust and traffic congestion in the plush pockets of Cuffe Parade are a few other key issues.