New Delhi: The Bombay High Court, which granted bail to three of 21 men last week in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Pune man Mohsin Shaikh, said they were “provoked and they committed murder in the name of religion”. Mohsin’s family is likely to move the Supreme Court challenging the order.
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”.
While his friends managed to escape, Mohsin was beaten with hockey sticks, bats and stones.
21 Hindu Rashtra Sena activists were arrested for the murder. Vijay Rajendra Gambhire, Ganesh and Ajay Dilip Lalge, three of the alleged killers, were let off on bail last week.
The judge also said that the accused “had no motive such as any personal enmity” against Mohsin. She said they had attended a meeting before the assault and were instigated.
“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,” The Indian Express quoted Mohsin’s father Sadiq Shaikh as saying.(Agencies)