The Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to give anticipatory bail to four corporators accused of abetting the suicide of builder Suraj Parmar, and directed them to surrender on Saturday.
The four corporators – Vikrant Chavan (Congress), Najib Mulla, Hanumant Jagdale (both NCP) and Sudhakar Chavan (independent) — withdrew their petitions after being denied relief by the court and sought time to surrender before police.
The court allowed the accused to withdraw the petitions and directed them to surrender before the Kasarvadavali police in Thane on December 5.
The four corporators had approached the high court in November seeking pre-arrest bail after a sessions court in Thane rejected their plea for the same.
Parmar, a director with the Cosmos Group and Thane unit president of Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) had committed suicide on October 7, by shooting himself with his licenced gun inside a flat at one of his sites in Kasarvadavali.
Parmar also left behind a 13-page suicide note and blamed extortion attempts by the four politicians as one of the reasons for taking the extreme step.
Thane police had registered a case of ‘abetment to suicide’ under the Prevention of Corruption Act after a suicide note left by Parmar revealed their names as the ones who had allegedly harassed him.