The Bombay High Court on Thursday granted bail to Hindu Rashtra Sena Chief Dhananjay Desai in the Mohsin Shaikh murder case. Desai was given bail by the court of Justice Sadhna Jadhav, however, he has to file a conditional affidavit in order to get release on bail.
Desai along with 20 others was jailed in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Pune techie, who was attacked by a mob on the night of June 2, 2014. Hindu Rashtra Sena headed by Desai was involved in the violence after riots erupted in Pune owing to defamatory posts on Facebook on Shivaji Maharaj and Bal Thackeray.
In the affidavit prepared by Desai’s lawyers, it has been stated that he will not take part in any public/ political activities related to or organised at the behest of Hindu Rashtra Sena or even otherwise. The affidavit further mentions that Desai will not participate or deliver any public speeches in any manner whatsoever. He will also withdraw all the necessary kiosk, signboards, banners and any material related to the organisation, Hindu Rashtra Sena, with immediate effect.
Milind Pawar, Desai ‘s lawyer told Newslaundry, “Court has granted him bail on Thursday but the court has asked to file an affidavit with conditions. We have prepared the affidavit and have sent to him. Once he signs it we will produce it in court on Friday. Most probably he will be released on bail on Saturday.”
For four years, Mohsin’s father Sadiq Shaikh ran from pillar to post for justice. Sadiq died on December 17, 2018, of a heart blockage which was treatable—if he had money. You can read our detailed piece on his struggle here.