Bhima-Koregaon case transfer: rift among Sena and NCP deepens

Web Team : Mumbai
Using the veto power by the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to hand over the Elgar Parishad case of Pune to National Investigation Agency has deepened the rift among the ruling allies, particularly the Shiv Sena and the “secular” partners, the NCP and the Congress.

The chief minister Thackeray has given a nod to the decision of the Narendra Modi Government to transfer the Bhima-Koregaon case to NIA on Wednesday, thereby drawing the ire of its ally, the NCP, in the Maha Vikas Aghadi. It was primarily the NCP which was batting for dropping cases against the accused persons in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

It was also reported that the chief minister Thackeray had assured the NCP leaders that the cases will be dropped. However, the central government had handed over the Bhima-Koregaon violence cases to the NIA, taking it beyond the power of state law enforcement The Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh, who belongs to NCP, even expressed his reservation on the issue.

On January 25, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had issued a notification regarding the transfer of the Bhima-Koregaon case. It was done after the newly formed coalition government in Maharashtra was considering forming an SIT and possibly dropping the charges against the “urban naxalites,” who were implicated in the case.

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