Mumbai, Mar 5 : Bombay High Court on Wednesday restrained police from taking any action against former BJP legislator Narendra Mehta till March 20 for his alleged involvement in a rape of a woman corporator.
The division bench consisting of Justices Bhushan Dharamadhikari and Nitin Borkar gave this direction after the petition filed by the accused was mentioned urging the court for a direction to quash an FIR registered against him.
Mehta who has been absconding since last week, moved the High Court urging to quash the proceedings of the FIR filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India and under Section 482 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc). Booked on charges of harassing and raping a woman corporator from his own party, Mehta and co-accused Sanjay Tharthare are absconding after the FIR was registered against them last week (Friday, February 27).
In a significant development, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has assigned the case to the crime unit of the Thane Police Commissionerate. Notably, the Mira Road unit of the Thane (Rural) police was virtually clueless about the whereabouts of the absconding legislator who is chargeded under section 376 (rape) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Following an uproar over the issue in the Assembly, Deshmukh had promised to take stern action against the high profile culprit. (UNI)