Bombay HC tells man who broke bank door to pay Rs 10,000 to CM fund | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has directed a Solapur resident, who tried to forcibly enter a bank after official hours and broke the glass door, to deposit Rs 10,000 in the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund towards Covid-19. Justice Bharati Dangre passed the direction while hearing the plea of Ajit Dewale for anticipatory bail.
The complaint by the Bank of India’s Mahud branch officer lodged at Sangola police station stated that on April 16, the bank was to close at 4pm due to the prevailing SOP, hence the main shutter was lowered and customers inside permitted to complete their transactions.
The complaint said around 4.10pm, Dewale gained entry from the main shutter and started banging on the glass door. When a peon told him the banking hours were over and he cannot get entry, he hurled abuses. The branch officer also attempted to pacify Dewale and told him to return the next day. But Dewale did not desist and continued banging and broke the glass door worth Rs 25,000. Dewale was booked for assault or criminal force to a public servant, criminal intimidation and damage to public property.
Before the HC on June 27, Dewale’s advocate Rahul Kadam conceded that the act committed by him is unpardonable and that he is sorry for his outrageous behaviour. Kadam said his client wanted to send money to his aunt who was suffering from Covid-19 in Nashik and therefore had rushed to the bank unaware that the timings were till 4pm. He said Dewale had no intention to commit any offence or deter the branch officer from discharging his duty. After consulting with Dewale, Kadam said he is ready to contribute Rs 10,000 to the CM’s relief fund “for dealing with the pandemic and this is a small token for expressing his regret”.
Accepting the statement as an undertaking to the court, Justice Dangre granted him two weeks to deposit the amou-nt and submit the receipt to the investigating officer. “In the wake of the allegations levelled, custodial interrogation of the applicant is unwarranted,” she added, directing that in the ev-ent of arrest, Dewale be releas-ed on “furnishing personal bo-nd of Rs 20,000 with one or two sureties of the like amount”.

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