The Maharashtra police came under fire from the Bombay High Court on Friday for filing 11 FIRs against former NCP
leader and MP Anand Paranjpe in response to his protests against Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The police won't learn a lesson until a cost is imposed and they are told to pay it out of their own wages, a division bench of Justices Revati Mohite-Dere and Prithviraj Chavan observed. "This needs to end. In the end, the average person loses, said Justice Dere. The High Court was deliberating a plea Mr. Paranjpe had filed asking for the clubbing of all FIRs.
The court was advised by the additional public prosecutor that until January 18, the police will not use coercion against Mr. Paranjpe in any of the FIRs. The 11 FIRs stem from a political agitation against the CM on December 12, 2022, according to the NCP leader's supporters. The government's attorney said that all of Mr. Paranjpe's charges were bailable and that he may request bail for each one.
The bench responded by asking why an accused person would need to get bail in each of the 11 cases when there shouldn't have been that many. In the case, it was claimed that the demonstrators had slandered the chief minister and posted a video of the agitation on Twitter in an effort to incite trouble. Additionally, it is said that Mr. Paranjpe was aware that the CM had a sizable following and support base, and that they would allegedly become incensed and start rioting. According to Mr. Paranjpe, the FIRs filed against him are similar and stem from the purported incident, tweet, and cause of action.