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[Sleeping remark against Mayor] “Better choice of words expected:” Bombay High Court to BJP MLA Ashish Shelar

A Bench of Justices PB Varale and AS Kilor said that while the public representatives have the liberty to raise issues of public importance, “being a respectable and sensible person, better choice of words is also expected.”

The Court was hearing a plea by Shelar seeking quashing of the first information report (FIR) registered against him based on a complaint by Pednekar.

The dispute arose when Shelar held a press conference regarding a cylinder blast that took place at a chawl in Mumbai’s Worli. While he was speaking about the reaction of the mayor to the unfortunate incident, he used the term ‘sleeping’ which aggrieved the mayor.

A complaint was filed by Pednekar who alleged that Shelar made derogatory remarks against her which carried double-meaning and outraged her modesty. The Mumbai Police filed an FIR based on the complaint which came to be challenged before the Bombay High Court.

Source: Barandbench

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