Mumbai: The judge who had sent two girls to judicial custody over a Facebook post against the Mumbai shutdown after the demise of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, has been transferred by the Bombay High Court.
According to sources, court transferred magistrate Ramchandra Bagade to Jalgaon from Palghar. Last week he sent the two girls to judicial custody and later granted them bail on a bond of Rs 15,000 each.
Shaheen Dhadha(21), resident of Palghar posted a comment on a Facebook page, questioning about the shutdown in Mumbai post Bal Thackeray's death.
Shiv Sena president for Palghar city, Bhushan Sankhe, registered a case against Dhadha and her friend, Renu, who liked her comment. The girls from Palghar, both aged 21, were detained after the complaint was filed.
Later, a mob of irked Shiv Sainiks allegedly vandalised a hospital owned by Shaheen's uncle Dr Abdul Dhadha in Palghar.
The two girls were arrested under Section 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and Section 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the IT Act.
As per sources, the Inspector General (Konkan Range) Sukhvindar Singh had on November 23 submitted his enquiry report into the arrest of the two girls. In his report he mentioned that the arrest of the girls by the police was unjustified and could have been avoided.
The investigation report also recommended action against the cops involved in the arrest of the girls. It said that there must be departmental action against the policemen for arresting them.