Assault on cop: Dindoshi court summons MLA

The Dindoshi Magistrate court has issued a notice to Bahujan Vikas Aghadi Party MLA Kshitij Thakur and directed him to be present before it on February 7, 2014, in a case of abuses allegedly hurled at a sub-inspector who had stopped him on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in March.

The order was passed on December 21 on a private complaint by RTI activist Santosh Daundkar seeking inquiry into the matter. The court has agreed to try Thakur under charges of criminal intimidation, intentional insult to provoke breach of peace and obscene act, under the Indian penal Code.

While Daundkar's application sought police inquiry, the court deemed it fit for judicial intervention as Daundkar is not a complainant or an eyewitness in the case.

On March 18, Sachin Suryavanshi had allegedly stopped the MLA on the sea link for speeding and using tinted windows on his car. Angered by Suryavanshi's audacity, Thakur allegedly abused him.

The next day, during the Assembly session, when Thakur saw Suryavanshi at the Vidhan Bhavan, he allegedly abused and thrashed him. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) MLA Ram Kadam and other leaders in the Assembly also allegedly joined Thakur in the act.

While a separate case was registered and a chargesheet filed against the two MLAs in June, Daundkar's complaint claims that the second day's incident of the assault on the policeman inside Vidhan Bhavan would not have happened if the police had acted on the first day.

Daundkar's lawyer Abha Singh argued that while Thakur and Kadam were booked for assaulting Suryavanshi, the incident on the sea link was not probed into.

Thakur said he had not received a notice from the court and did not wish to comment.

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