The Maharashtra Legal Investigation Division (CID) on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in a court docket right here in opposition to 126 accused within the Palghar lynching case wherein two monks and their driver had been overwhelmed to demise by a mob precisely three months in the past.
The CID filed the 4,955-page chargesheet within the court docket of Judicial Justice of the Peace First Class (JMFC) at Dahanu taluka in Palghar district situated adjoining Mumbai, the probe company mentioned.
The workforce probing the incident examined 808 suspects and 118 witnesses to gather robust proof in opposition to the accused, the CID mentioned in a launch.
In all, 154 individuals had been arrested and 11 juveniles in battle with regulation, had been detained. Not one of the accused has been launched on bail to date, the discharge mentioned.
“The chargesheet was filed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (CID) Vijay Pawar, the investigating officer within the case, on the JMFC court docket in Dahanu in opposition to 126 accused,” it mentioned.
Apart from sections of the IPC, the accused had been charged below related provisions of the Catastrophe Administration Act, the Epidemic Ailments Act (since lockdown was in power through the incident), the Maharashtra Police Actand the Maharashtra Harm to Public Property (Prevention) Act, the discharge mentioned.
They had been charged with homicide, armed rioting and utilizing legal power to forestall a public servant from doing is obligation, amongst different offences.
“Since there’s satisfactory proof in opposition to two juveniles in battle with regulation, separate proceedings in opposition to them are being initiated earlier than the Juvenile Justice Board,” it mentioned, including additional investigation was in progress.
The voluminous doc is being scrutinised by court docket officers, a CID official mentioned.
As soon as the scrutiny is finished, expenses will likely be framed in opposition to the accused by the court docket, the official mentioned.
Two monks and their driver had been lynched by a mob at Gadchinchale village within the district on April 16 after they had been travelling in a automobile to Surat to attend a funeral amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, police have mentioned.
The brutal mob assault happened amid rumours that child-lifters had been roaming within the space through the lockdown, they’ve mentioned.
The case was later handed over to the CID for probe.
Famous lawyer Satish Maneshinde has been appointed the Particular Public Prosecutor within the case.
The victims had been recognized by the police as Chikne Maharaj Kalpavrukshagiri (70), Sushil Giri Maharaj (35) and their driver Nilesh Telgade (30).
After the incident induced an uproar, the state authorities suspended Kasa police station in-charge Anandrao Kale, below whose jurisdiction the crime happened, and another policemen, together with sub-inspectors.
Additionally, greater than 35 police constables and personnel of different ranks had been transferred within the wake of the mob assault.
The federal government had additionally despatched the then Palghar district police chief, Gaurav Singh, on compelled go away and changed him with Dattatraya Shinde.
In all, three FIRs associated to homicide, armed rioting and different expenses had been registered in reference to the incident.
The Dahanu court docket has rejected bail utility of 25 accused arrested within the case.