MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court granted anticipatory bail to Bharatiya Janata Party’s MLA Ganesh Naik arrested by police for allegedly threatening and raping her female friend. The woman had claimed that Naik is her son’s biological father.
A single-judge bench of Justice Anuja Prabhudessai said that in the event of arrest, “Naik be released on furnishing personal bond of Rs 25,000 in each case” In the order, they asked him to appear before the police on Monday and Tuesday and also directed him to surrender his revolver within a week.
The Navi Mumbai police last month registered an FIR against Naik in the case based on a complaint by a woman at the CBD Belapur police station. The woman claimed that she had been in a live-in relationship with Naik for over 27 years and in 2021.
The woman filed an application to the Nerul police last month following which the DCP ordered an inquiry into the incident. Based on the inquiry, the CBD Belapur police station was asked to register an FIR as the area where the alleged incident took place came under its jurisdiction.
It was alleged that in the year 2006, the woman remained pregnant at the instance of the applicant and proceeded to New Jersey in the USA to give birth to the child, however, despite the assurance that applicant would give his name to the child and will reside with the child and the complainant, he did not do so.
As per prosecution, the applicant was not treating her well, avoided receiving her calls and there was a constant quarrel. Moreover, the complainant alleged that the applicant Naik called the victim to his office and had lunch. When the complainant asked if he would give his name to the child, the applicant allegedly pulled out his revolver and threatened her not to harass him or else he would kill them and end his life.
It was alleged that in 2006, the complainant remained pregnant at the instance of the applicant, however, despite the assurance that the applicant would give his name to the child and will reside with the child and the complainant, he did not do so. The complainant added that she had not filed a complaint back then as the applicant was a minister and remained an influential politician.
The complainant added that she had not filed a complaint about a long time as the applicant was a minister and remained an influential politician. Naik moved to the upper court after the Thane sessions court rejected his anticipatory bail pleas.
Advocate Niteen Pradhan for applicant Naik said that – “no evidence to show that the 72-year-old applicant had committed offenses as alleged. Pradhan claimed the story was created due to strong political pressure on the basis of the imaginary story created and the impugned FIR was filed with “malafide intention and ulterior motive” to malign the political career and reputation of the applicant.
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