Two Maharashtra MLAs accused of assaulting a police officer will have to spend at least three days in jail after a court on Friday reserved its order on their bail plea till Monday even as both Houses of legislature were adjourned amid ruckus over their suspension and conduct of police in the episode.
Additional Metropolitan Magistrate U M Padwad remanded Bahujan Vikas Agadhi MLA Kshitij Thakur and MNS' Ram Kadam in judicial custody till April 5 after they were produced before the court at the end of a day's police custody.
The duo, accused of assaulting Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Suryavanshi inside the state legislature complex on Tuesday, immediately moved for bail and after hearing arguments from both sides, the metropolitan court reserved its order on their applications till Monday.
Thakur and Kadam had surrendered before the Crime Branch yesterday and a metropolitan court remanded them in a day's police custody.
Marine Drive police had registered cases against Thakur, Kadam and others under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation).
The two MLAs would be lodged in high-security Arthur Road Jail.
Suryavanshi, attached to the Worli police station, was beaten black and blue by a group of MLAs outside the visitors gallery at the state's legislature complex on Tuesday, a day after he had stopped the vehicle of Kshitij Thakur on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link for speeding and slapped a fine.
On Wednesday, the assembly had suspended five MLAs-- Ram Kadam (MNS), Jaykumar Rawal (BJP), Kshitij Thakur (Bahujan Vikas Agadhi), Rajan Salvi (Shiv Sena) and Pradeep Jaiswal (Independent)--for their alleged involvement in the unsavoury episode.
The issue resonated in the legislature today with members cutting across party lines disrupting the proceedings, forcing several adjournments.