Cop beating: Court to hear legislators’ bail plea Monday

Mumbai, March 22 (IANS) A court here Friday adjourned, to Monday, the bail plea of two Maharashtra legislators, who were arrested for beating up a policeman three days ago.

The legislators – Kshitij Thakur and Ram Kadam – Thursday morning surrendered before the Crime Branch of the Mumbai police. They were later presented in a magistrate’s court, which remanded them in police custody for a day.
According to a Crime Branch official, the court will hear the bail plea of both legislators Monday and decide on the course of action. They might either be given bail or sent to 14-day judicial custody, the official said.
Thakur (Independent) and Kadam (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) are among the five legislators suspended from the legislature till the end of this year for assaulting Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryawanshi on the first floor of Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan Tuesday afternoon.
The other involved in assaulting him are Pradeep Jaiswal (Independent), Rajan Salvi (Shiv Sena), and Jaikumar Rawal (Bharatiya Janata Party).
The provocation for the attack – described by several political leaders as a ‘Black Day’ in the state legislature’s history – was Suryawanshi stopped Thakur’s vehicle and fined him for overspeeding on Rajiv Gandhi Bandra-Worli Sea Link Monday morning.