Bhima Koregaon violence: Judge recuses himself from hearing Milind Ekbote bail plea
Mumbai [India], Jan 31 : Bombay High Court Judge, Justice B. R. Gavai on Wednesday recused himself from hearing anticipatory bail application of Milind Ekbote, one of the prime accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case. Ekbote's lawyer will mention the matter again before some other bench later today. Ekbote's plea was mentioned before the bench, led by Justice Gavai on Monday after a sessions court refused to grant him any interim protection from arrest last week. Last week, a special court in Pune had rejected a plea for anticipatory bail filed by Ekbote, facing charges of inciting violence at Bhima Koregaon. Two FIRs were registered against Ekbote alleging his role in the violence at Bhima Koregaon at a time when Dalits in huge numbers had gathered in Perne village to mark 200th year of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon. Ekbote is facing charges for inciting violence, attempt to murder and atrocities against Dalits. On January 1, the violence left at Bhima Koregaon left one dead and injured several others, including 10 policemen.
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