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STATE TO DISPOSE ALL CRIMINAL 5-YEAR OLD CASES AGAINST POLITICIANS

withdraw-2In a breather for well over 15,000-odd political activists, the Democratic Front government decided to withdraw criminal cases against them that were filed before May 1, 2005. The government has decided to withdraw criminal cases against some 15,000 old politicians with criminal track record that were filed before May 1, 2005. Significantly, controversial minister of state for home, Ramesh Bagwe, will be the first beneficiary of the decision, since three political cases are pending against him in Pune courts. In his letter to chief minister Ashok Chavan, too, Bagwe has mentioned that while there were no criminal case against him, some political cases were pending against him. Bagwe was at the receiving end after it was disclosed that the Pune passport office had refused to renew his passport on the ground that criminal cases were pending against him. At a high-level meeting presided over by home minister R R Patil, a proposal for withdrawal of cases against political activists was discussed at length. In cases involving loss of property, if the political worker is prepared to compensate for the loss, then the case against him will be withdrawn. During the Sena-BJP rule, too, a decision to withdraw the cases against political activists was taken. In 2001, when the Democratic Front was in power, an identical decision was taken.

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