Post Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena losing its grip over Mumbai?

Bal Thackeray with Uddhav
Mumbai, Nov 27: Is Shiv Sena losing its grip over Mumbai and Maharashtra after its supremo Bal Thackeray's demise? The question started hovering since many people, who showed their leniencies towards Sena, started facing the wrath of either state government or high court.

Superintendent of Police (SP of Thane rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and First class judicial magistrate Ramchandra Bagade are among those who experienced the heat of the moment. While the former has been suspended, the latter has been transferred over their moves against two Palghar girls who were arrested briefly over Facebook post controversy.

Palghar senior police inspector Shrikant Pingle would also be suspended and additional superintendent of police (Thane rural) Sangram Nishandar would be given serious warning, informed a government official on Tuesday, Nov 27.

The police officials had summoned the two girls and arrested them allegedly over writing against bandh in Maharashtra following Bal Thackeray's demise. The Bombay High Court earlier on Monday issued transfer notice to the judge who had sent the girls to judicial custody and later granted them bail on a bond of Rs 15,000 each.

An investigation report claimed that the arrests of the girls could have been avoided and sections applied in the case were not justified and also recommended departmental action against the concerned cops.

Along with this infamous Facebook post controversy, another row has been haunting the Sena leaders. Maharashtra government has not yet approved their demand of constructing a memorial at Shivaji Park where the party patriarch was cremated.

Earlier senior Sena leaders and former Maharashtra chief minister Manohar Joshi had asserted, "We don't care if any law is coming in the way to raise Balasaheb's memorial at Shivaji Park."

However, denouncing Joshi's statement, Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan said, "Nothing will be done which will violate the law."

Other government officials were also quoted as saying, "His (Joshi's) language to take law in hands is condemnable. He was the speaker of the Lok Sabha. We didn't expect that from him."

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