HC refuses to grant bail to 2 Shiv Sangram activists

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Mumbai, Jun 10 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today refused to grant bail to two activists of the Shiv Sangram outfit for their alleged involvement in an attack on the residence of Marathi daily Loksatta's editor Kumar Ketkar here last week.

Justice V C Dagga refused to grant anticipatory bail to Vinayak Mete, NCP vice-president and former MLA Tanaji Shinde and directed them to approach the Sessions court at Thane.

The court also refused to grant them two days time to file bail plea in Thane court.

On June 6, Mr Ketkar's house was attacked, allegedly by Shiv Sangram activists for his editorial in the newspaper criticising the Congress-NCP government's proposal to install a huge statue of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian Sea.

Some 70 activists pelted stones and damaged window panes of his house after their attempt to ransack it was unsuccessful.

In the editorial, Mr Ketkar had written that Maharashtra government was trying to gain political mileage by misusing the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji.


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