Sena UBT MLA booked under UAPA for partying with Dawood aide | Mumbai News – Times of India | IIT EXPERT

MUMBAI: The Nashik police led by Sandeep Karnik on Tuesday registered an offence under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against UBT Shiv Sena leader Sudhakar Badgujar after he was seen partying with Salim Kutta, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim and a convict in the 1993 serial bomb blast case, at his Nashik farmhouse.
The Nashik police decision is being viewed as a major setback for UBT, since a week ago, Badgujar was appointed Nashik district chief and entrusted with a special task for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
As per the FIR lodged with Adgaon police station, Badgujar has been booked under UAPA sections 10 (a),(ii), (iii).
When the issue of Badgujar was raised during the winter session of the state legislature by BJP’s Ashish Shelar and Nitesh Rane, deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had declared setting up a special investigation team to probe into the allegations against him.
Rane and Shelar had displayed a picture from the party showing Badgujar dancing with the Dawood gang member. Rane launched a frontal attack against the UBT by displaying the pictures of Badgujar. “During his parole, Salim Kutta organised a party which was attended by UBT Shiv Sena leaders. I have the videos of the party, government should set up an SIT for the purpose,” Rane had demanded.
As per the FIR, the party took place on the night of May 24, 2016, in Nashik’s Hindusthan Nagar, Adgaon. The FIR says, during the winter session of state legislature at Nagpur in December 2023, a video clip showing Badgujar and Salim Kutta had gone viral.
Following Fadnavis’s announcement to set up SIT, a high-level battery of Nashik’s crime branch grilled Badgujar for several hours and found that there was substance in the allegations made by Rane and Shelar, following which an offence under the UAPA was registered against Badgujar and others. “We have booked Badgujar, and although he has not been arrested yet, future course of action will be decided soon,” said a senior IPS official.

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