A Muslim can be murdered by other community, it is no crime, very strange decision by Mumbai High Court

Mohsin ShaikhThe family of Mohsin Shaikh, a 28-year-old in Pune who was murdered in June 2014, allegedly by members of the Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS), is stunned by the order of the Bombay High Court which granted bail to three of 21 arrested in the case. In her January 12 order, Justice Mridula Bhatkar observed that “the fault of the deceased was only that he belonged to another religion. I consider this factor in favour of the applicants/accused. More-over, the applicants/accused do not have any criminal record and it appears that in the name of the religion, they were provoked and have committed the murder”.

Mohsin’s family plans to move the Supreme Court against the grant of bail to the accused — of the 21 accused, 14 have been granted bail so far. The Maharashtra government too may challenge the grant of bail to the three men. An opinion in this regard, sources said, is likely to be sent by the public prosecutor’s office to the state government.

Mohsin, who worked in a Pune firm, was attacked on his way home after offering prayers at a masjid on the night of June 2, 2014. His friend Riyaz Ahmed Mubarak Shendure was with him when they were targeted, allegedly by HRS members protesting a Facebook post of some derogatory pictures of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Bal Thackeray.

Later, a case of murder was registered at the Hadapsar police station and 21 HRS members, including their leader Dhananjay Jayram Desai alias Bhai, were arrested.  Four days ago, Justice Bhatkar, while granting bail to Vijay Rajendra Gambhire, Ganesh alias Ranjeet Shankar Yadav and Ajay Dilip Lalge, noted that the accused had attended a meeting “prior to the incident of assault. The applicants/accused otherwise had no other motive such as any personal enmity against the innocent deceased Mohsin”.

“…Dhananjay Desai was the one who was the speaker in the meeting and he instigated the audience… the transcript of the speech given by Dhananjay Desai was sufficient to show that he had incited feelings of religious discrimination. The meet was held… prior to the incident of assault,” the January 12 order stated.

Sadiq Shaikh, father of Mohsin, is stunned by this observation of the High Court. “We are not convinced by the ground on which the HC has granted bail to the accused. Is provocative speech permissible for murder of an innocent person from another religion? All three accused were arrested from the murder spot. We have decided to challenge this bail order in Supreme Court,” he said.

In its chargesheet, police said they had two witnesses who had seen and heard the discussion of the alleged HRS activists who had gathered at Gondhale Mala in Hadapsar around 8.30 pm on June 2, 2014. “The activists were carrying hockey sticks, wooden batons etc. During the meeting, they started discussing that HRS president Dhananjay Bhai has said that Muslims should be thrashed for posting derogatory pictures of Shivaji Maharaj on Facebook. Their vehicles, shops should be damaged. They should not be allowed to do any business in the area. There should be terror of HRS in Hadapsar,” the chargesheet stated.

On March 5, 2015, the High Court had rejected the bail plea of prime accused Desai. His lawyer Sanjay Punalekar said they had filed a fresh application, seeking bail and also an application for Desai’s discharge in the case. “Hearing on these applications will take place in the HC on February 1,” Punalekar said.

मोहसिन शेख हत्याकांड में मुंबई हाईकोर्ट के फैसले के खिलाफ SC में अपील करेंगे परिजन

मुंबई। साल 2014 में हिंदु राष्ट्र सेना के सदस्यों द्वारा मोहसिन शेख की हत्या के मामले में मुंबई हाईकोर्ट के फैसले पर विवाद शुरू हो गया है। दरअसल मुंबई हाईकोर्ट ने तीन आरोपियों को इस आधार पर जमानत दे दी कि धर्म के नाम पर इन्हें उकसाया गया था इसलिए इन्होंने उसकी हत्या कर दी थी। अन्यथा इनका आपराधिक रिकॉर्ड नहीं है।

मोहसिन ने बाला साहेब ठाकरे और शिवाजी को लेकर फेसबुक पर एक पोस्ट किया था। फेसबुक पोस्ट को लेकर काफी बवाल हुआ था। 2 जून को मोहसिन जब मस्जिद ने नवाज अदा कर वापस लौट रहा था उस वक्त हिंदू राष्ट्र सेना के लोगों ने उसपर हमला कर दिया। हॉकी स्टिक और डंडे से उसकी बुरी तरह पिटाई कर दी गई। मोहसिन का दोस्त किसी तरह भागने में कामयाब रहा लेकिन पिटाई की वजह से मोहसिन की मौत हो गई।

विरोध के बाद मामला दर्ज किया गया। पुलिस ने हिंदू राष्ट्र सेना के 21 कार्यकर्ताओं को गिरफ्तार किया। अभी तक वे जेल में बंद थे। गुरुवार को मुंबई हाईकोर्ट ने आरोपी विजय राजेंद्र, गणेश उर्फ रंजीत शंकर और अजीत को जमानत दे दी।

जस्टिस मृदुला भटकर ने कहा कि इन्हें हत्या के लिए उकसाया गया था। मोहसिन से इनकी कोई निजी दुश्मनी नहीं थी। इसके अलावा इनका कोई आपराधिक रिकॉर्ड भी नहीं है। हत्याकांड से ठीक पहले ये लोग बैठक में शामिल हुए थे। वहां उन्हें भड़काया गया जिसके बाद इन्होंने हत्याकांड को अंजाम दिया। हत्याकांड की वजह सिर्फ ये है कि मृतक मोहसिन दूसरे धर्म का था। जस्टिस मृदुला ने आगे कहा कि कोर्ट को लगता है कि इन तथ्यों के आधार पर आरोपियों का पक्ष सही है और इन्हें जमानत मिल सकती है।

मुंबई हाईकोर्ट के फैसले से मोहसिन के परिवार वाले काफी दुखी हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि वे इस फैसले को सुप्रीम कोर्ट में चैलेंज करेंगे। उन्होंने कहा कि हाईकोर्ट ने जो तर्क दिया है वह अजीब है। कोर्ट के मुताबिक एक धर्म के लोग दूसरे धर्म के लोगों की हत्या कर सकते हैं क्योंकि उन्हें भड़काया गया था।

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