No citizen can deal with government officials in an unruly manner: Bombay High Court

The decision that an individual shall not be permitted to deal with government officials in an unruly manner was upheld by the Bombay High Court through Justice Bharati H Dangre in the case of Pravin Sahebrao Bhogawade v. The State of Maharashtra (ANTICIPATORY BAIL APPLICATION NO. 1356 OF 2022).


The matter was related to a quarrel that occurred on February 26 following the disconnection of certain feeder lines, following which numerous locals, including Bhogawade (the applicant), assembled. Bhogawade engaged in disruptive behaviour and raised serious claims against him as well as others, according to the complaint, while performing his duties as a public servant. The applicant is also accused of abusing and threatening the officials.   He then allegedly pushed and abused the complainant.

Advocate Ravindra Pachundkar, appearing on behalf of the applicant stated that his client is remorseful and that the incident occurred while he was anxious. He added that the applicant is young, has no existing criminal history, and is prepared to be co-operative with the investigating officer.

Additional Public Prosecutor Prajakta P Shinde, appearing on behalf of the police contended that the applicant has a history of disputes with public officials and had engaged in a similar crime while the Covid-19 guidelines were in effect.


Justice Dangre accepted his assurance of the applicant and ordered his release on bail. He was also ordered to pay Rs 25,000 to Ganegaon Khalsa Gram Panchayat in Shirur taluka within eight weeks, by the court. The money will be used for the welfare of the gramme panchayat’s residents.


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