Mumbai, Nov 27 (PTI) : A week after two girls were arrested for a Facebook post on Mumbai shutdown for Bal Thackeray's funeral, the Bombay High Court has transferred the magistrate who had sent them to judicial custody and later granted them bail.
The transfer orders were issued yesterday by the Registrar of the High Court following which it was communicated to the Home Department, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Judicial Magistrate First Class R G Bagade.
The order said, "Judicial Magistrate First Class at Palghar R G Bagade is hereby transferred in the same position to Jalgaon with immediate effect."
The girls-- Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan-- were arrested last Monday after Dadha posted a Facebook status lamenting the Mumbai shutdown for Thackeray's funeral on November 18 and Renu 'liked' it.
They were arrested under IPC sections 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 505(2) IPC (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) and the IT ACT.
Later, the girls were produced before the magistrate, who sent them to judicial custody and later granted them bail on Rs 15,000 each.
The incident had sparked off a debate in legal circles with some lawyers opining that instead of being granted bail, the girls should have been discharged from the case as they were booked under wrong charges.
Two senior cops suspended
The Maharashtra government today suspended two police officers, including a Superintendent of Police, following the row over the arrest of two girls from Palghar in neighbouring Thane district for a Facebook post on the shutdown in Mumbai for Bal Thackeray‘s funeral.
SP (Thane rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar and senior police inspector Shrikant Pingle have been suspended in the case, state’s Home Minister R R Patil told reporters. He said action has been taken after obtaining legal advice.
“There was no need to charge the girls under wrong sections,” Patil said, adding that there was no need to take hasty action (against the girls).
The girls Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan, both 21-years-old, were arrested after Dhada had lamented in a Facebook post the November 18 shutdown due to Thackeray’s funeral. Shrinivasan had ‘liked’ the post.
Though Dhada didn’t name Thackeray, the local Sena leader complained against the girls and police arrested the duo on 19 November, sparing an outrage.
On 20 November, police arrested the vandals who had damaged Shaheen’s uncle’s hospital on 18 November, despite her removing the post and apologising that day itself.