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FIR against Dadra & Nagar Haveli Administrator Praful Khoda Patel quashed: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court quashed the FIR against all the persons, who were booked for abetting the suicide of the MP, who was found dead in a hotel room in Mumbai’s Marine Drive area in February 2021 under the learned bench of Justices Prasanna Varale and Shrikant Kulkarni .

FACTS OF THE CASE

Praful Khoda Patel, the Administrator of the Union Territory, District Magistrate Sandeep Singh, Superintendent Sharad Darade, Deputy Magistrate Apurva Sharma, Sub-divisional Officer Manasvi Jain, Police Inspector Manoj Patel, Territory Law Secretary Rohit Yadav, and BJP leader Fatehsinh Chauhan all filed petitions that the court took into consideration. In the 2019 elections, Delkar, a seven-term member of parliament from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, prevailed as an independent. On February 22, 2021, he was discovered dead in a hotel room on Marine Drive in the city.

Delkar allegedly attributed his dramatic action to political pressure in a 14-page suicide letter. The Marine Drive police station then filed a FIR for violations of Indian Penal Code Sections 306 (suicide attempt), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 389 (placing another person in fear of being accused of a crime). According to the FIR, Delkar was allegedly subjected to harassment by the administration of the Union Territory for a year as a result of orders from Administrator Praful Patel.

OBSERVATION OF THE COURT:

“All FIRs stand quashed. Even connected matters are quashed….Considering all aspects we find merit in the petition. It is a fit case for the court to exercise it’s power under section 482 to prevent abuse of law and the FIR 36/2021 dated 9 March 21 registered by Abhinav Delkar with the Marine Drive police station under section 306, 506, 389,120 B read with section 3 of the scheduled caste scheduled tribe act and atrocity act is set aside,” the Court said.

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Judgement reviewed by – Sudarshana Jha

A detailed copy of the order is awaited

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