Ex-Mumbai Mayor Datta Dalvi detained For ‘Offensive’ Comments About CM

On Wednesday, Datta Dalvi, former Mumbai Mayor and leader of the Uddhav Thackeray faction, was arrested and placed in judicial custody until December 12. The arrest was made in connection with alleged derogatory remarks directed at Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Bhandup Police took him into custody in the morning and presented him before a magistrate’s court in suburban Mumbai.

Dalvi faces charges outlined in an FIR under Sections 153A(1)(a), 153B(1)(b), 153A(1)(c), 294, 504, and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). These charges encompass promoting enmity between different groups based on religion, race, place of birth, residence, and language; making imputations and assertions prejudicial to national integration; engaging in obscene acts and songs; and intentionally insulting with the intent to provoke a breach of peace.

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During the court hearing, the prosecution asserted that Dalvi not only used derogatory language against the Maharashtra Chief Minister but also declined to accept a notice under Section 41(A) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) when the police attempted to summon him.

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