A court here on Friday granted interim protection till July 4 to Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and former Maharashtra minister Anil Parab in connection with a case of alleged assault on a civic engineer.
Parab and six others had sought pre-arrest bail from the court fearing arrest in the case.
The court directed the police not to take any coercive against the accused till July 4.
The accused, in their plea filed through advocate Rahul Arote, claimed that due to the current political situation in the state, the Shiv Sena (UBT) was being targeted by the rival political party in order to gain political mileage.
“The applicants state that with the help of some political leaders and in collusion with government officials party workers are implicated in false and frivolous cases,” the plea said.
During the course of investigation four accused were arrested by the police and remanded in judicial custody, the plea further said.
The application said police had shown Parab and six others as wanted accused and, hence, there was apprehension they would be arrested in the present case.
Police had, on Tuesday, registered an FIR against Parab and others for allegedly assaulting and threatening a civic engineer.
As per police, Parab and other Shiv Sena (UBT) functionaries took out a morcha in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) H-East ward on Monday afternoon in protest against the demolition of an office of their party in Bandra last week.
A delegation led by Parab reached the BMC’s office to meet H-East ward officer Swapna Kshirsagar and asked her to present in front of them the officials who had demolished the party office that had images of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray on the office board, as per the FIR.
As per the FIR, when some civic staffers came forward, Shiv Sena (UBT) functionaries allegedly assaulted BMC assistant engineer Ajay Patil (42) and also threatened him with dire consequences.