Mumbai, Dec 19: Now, Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan can heave a sigh of relief. The Palghar police on Tuesday, Dec 19 filed a closure report in the local court regarding the arrest of two girls for questioning the Mumbai bandh on a social networking site following the death of Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray.
"But the charges against Palghar residents Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan would be formally dropped only after the court takes a decision in the matter," said a police official entrusted with the case. Deputy superintendent of police Vijaykant Sagar filed a C summary report before judicial magistrate (first class) Palghar VS Yadav in the evening.
"We have filed the closure report before the magistrate and the court will give its judgement," said Sagar. "But the case has not yet been dropped. It will be decided after court will ask the complainant if he agrees with the police report. The result will come only in January as the court will be closed for a week for Christmas," said lawyer Sudhir Gupta.
Gupta is representing the 21-year-old students.
Shaheen had posted a comment on Facebook questioning Mumbai's shutdown on Bal Thackeray's funeral and her friend Rinu had liked it. The duo were arrested by cops and later released on bail.
"People like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that," Dhada had reportedly written on her Facebook wall. Dhada's friend Rinu "liked" her comment and landed in the legal trouble. The duo were reportedly booked under Section 295(a) of the IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 64(a) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. They were later granted bail on surety of Rs 15,000 each.