He Bombay High Court on Tuesday he led the Maharashtra government prepare the report on the basis of which it decided to reduce the security coverage of MP Rajan Vichare, belonging to Uddhav Thackeray’s faction of the Shiv Sena.
A division bench of Justices AS Gadkari and PD Naik sought the government’s response within two weeks to the petition filed by the Lok Sabha member seeking restoration of his security cover alleging there is a threat to his family.
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The bank also ordered Vichare to remove the names of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as defendants in the plea.
“You have denounced them (Shinde, Fadnavis) in a personal capacity. How can Article 226 be maintained while making ministers answer individually? said the court.
While Shinde is a dominant Sena figure in Thane, Vichare is aligned with Thackeray’s camp.
In his guilty plea filed through lawyer Nitin Satpute, Vichare claimed that one of the two officers assigned to his security was fired in October last year. Claiming danger to the lives of his family members, Vichare said his security cover should be reinstated.
Public prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai told the court on Tuesday that Vichare’s security cover has been reduced and not removed entirely.
“Before there were two police officers during the day and two at night. He has been reduced, not eliminated as he claims,” she said.
The court ordered Pai to present the government’s assertion in an affidavit and also to present the report on which this decision was made.
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