Apart from Sharad Pawar, the Commission of Inquiry has also issued summons to the then Pune Rural SP Suvez Haque, the then SP Sandeep Pakhale, the then Pune Commissioner Ravindra Sengaonkar and the then Collector Saurabh Rao.
Commission of Inquiry constituted by the Government of Maharashtra (Maharashtra govt-appointed Inquiry commission) NCP Chief Sharad Pawar (NCP, Sharad Pawar) to Bhima Koregaon violence case (Bhima Koregaon violence case) has issued summons to record the statement as a witness on 2nd August. This was said by the counsel for the Commission of Inquiry, Ashish Satpute. Pawar will have to record his statement before the inquiry commission in Mumbai.Also Read – Maharashtra Assembly Speaker suspends 12 BJP MLAs for one year for indecency
Besides Sharad Pawar, the Commission of Inquiry has also issued summons to the then Pune Rural SP Suvez Haque, the then SP Sandeep Pakhale, the then Pune Commissioner Ravindra Sengaonkar and the then Collector Saurabh Rao. Also Read – Bhima Koregaon Case: Activist Stan Swamy, accused of Bhima Koregaon violence, died, was hospitalized
Violence broke out on 1 January 2018 near the Koregaon Bhima War Memorial near Pune during the bicentenary celebrations of the Battle of 1818. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar submitted an affidavit on 8 October 2018 before the Commission of Inquiry headed by former Chief Justice of Bombay High Court JN Patel in view of his statements made in the media regarding the 2018 caste violence. Also Read – Maharashtra: Shiv Sena leader said on forming alliance with BJP again – We are like Aamir Khan- Kiran Rao, but friendship will remain
Maharashtra govt-appointed Inquiry commission will record statement of NCP’s Sharad Pawar in the Bhima Koregaon violence case. Witnesses’ statements to be recorded from August 2 & Pawar will be summoned as well: Ashish Satpute, Inquiry Commission Lawyer
— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2021
In February this year, Sagar Shinde, a member of the social group Vivek Vichar Manch, filed an application before the commission, seeking to summon Pawar in the wake of certain statements made by him in the media about the 2018 caste violence. In his petition, Shinde had referred to Pawar’s press conference on February 18.
According to the application, at the press meet, Pawar alleged that right-wing activists Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide had created a “different” atmosphere in and around Koregaon-Bhima on the outskirts of Pune city. Social group member Sagar Shind had said, “In the same press conference, Pawar also alleged that the role of Pune city police commissioner is suspicious and should be investigated. These statements are within the scope of the terms of reference of this Commission and, therefore, they are relevant.
The applicant had also said that he has reasons to believe that Pawar has relevant and additional information, apart from what he has already shared in his first affidavit filed before the panel with regard to violence and other related matters. In his affidavit, Pawar had said that it was unfortunate that the state government (the BJP was in power at the time of the violence) and law and enforcement officials failed to protect the interests of the common man living in and around Koregaon Bhima.