Palghar Case: 89 accused granted bail

A special court in Thane district granted bail to 89 people who were earlier arrested in the mob lynching case in Palghar.

Palghar Case: 89 accused granted bail
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In recent developments, on Saturday, January 16, a special court in Thane district granted bail to 89 people with regards to the Palghar mob lynching case, in which two sadhus and their driver were killed.

According to reports, district judge S B Bahalkar, in his order, granted bail to the 89 accused and will next hear the matter on February 15. Moreover, Satish Maneshinde, the special public prosecutor in the case, said, “The ones granted bail on Saturday were arrested subsequently and have not been charge-sheeted as yet.” Meanwhile, advocates Amrut Adhikari and Atul Patil submitted that the applicants had no role to play in the attack and police had arrested them on mere suspicion further questioning the validity of three FIRs registered in the case.

Last year, back in the month of April, three priests were lynched to death by a mob of 200 people in Gadchinchle in Maharashtra's Palghar district, allegedly suspecting the victims to be thieves. As per reports, the deceased men were identified as Sushilgiri Maharaj, Chikne Maharaj Kalpavriksha Giri and Nilesh Telwade. The men were reportedly pelted stones at and beaten with sticks and rods, after being dragged out of their car.

Back on December 7, 2020, a Thane court granted bail to 47 people arrested in the Palghar mob lynching case. The District Judge P P Jadhav ordered that the accused be released on a surety of ₹15,000 each. Last month, the court had granted bail to four other accused in the case. So far the court has granted bail to 53 accused in the case. However, nearly 200 people have been arrested in connection with the case, including 12 that were under 18 years of age.

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