Ex-Mayor of Mumbai and Head of Uddhav Sena, who ‘abused’ Eknath Shinde, granted bail

Former Mumbai mayor and Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Datta Dalvi was granted bail by a magistrate court in Mumbai in connection with an alleged incident in which he disparaged Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Datta Dalvi, a former mayor and leader of the Shiv Sena (UBT), was granted bail by a Mumbai magistrate court on Friday and was able to leave the Thane prison. Since his arrest on November 29, he had been imprisoned for allegedly using disparaging remarks about Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Dalvi was placed in judicial custody by the magistrate court despite the police’s request for his custody. The Shiv Sena (UBT) leader’s attorneys promptly entered a bail plea in court. After hearing arguments in the case on November 30, the magistrate court postponed making its decision until Friday morning.

Dalvi was ordered to be released by the court under certain conditions and after providing a bond of Rs 15,000.
On the basis of a complaint from a Shinde faction member, Dalvi was charged under sections 153A(1)(a), 153B(1)(b), 153A(1)(C) (causing rift between communities), 294 (use of obscene words), 504 (intentional insult), and 505 of the Indian Penal Code. The remarks Dalvi was alleged to have made at a Shiv Sena (UBT)-hosted event in Bhandup were the subject of the complaint.

There was a sizable contingent of supporters outside the Thane jail and the court as Dalvi was being released. There had been a massive police deployment to control the crowd.

Although Dalvi refrained from speaking with the media, he is rumored to be meeting Uddhav Thackeray, the chief of the Shiv Sena (UBT), on Saturday.

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