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Ex-Member of Parliament arrested for organizing car rally for gangster Gajanan Marne

Pune City Police has arrested Sanjay Kakade, a former Rajya Sabha MP and Sanjay Kakade, who a builder for an ongoing investigation. This comes after Pune Police arrested the gangster Gajanan Marne after 300 strong crowds with their vehicles reached the Taloja jail to celebrate his release. The Pune Police have arrested the former MP because of his involvement in the car rally.

54-year old Kakade was produced before a magistrate court in Pune. He is currently out on bail. According to the police commissioner Amitabh Gupta, Kakade was involved in the planning of the rally and also gave cars for the same.

After Gajanan Marne was released from the Taloja jail, hundreds of cars came to welcome the gangster coming out of the jail. The cars formed a convoy and created a high-speed ruckus on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The convoy was moving from Mumbai to Pune and not a single car in the convoy stopped at any of the tolls too. The high-speed convoy created chaos on the expressway.

Pune Police earlier identified more than 100 people from the rally and the convoy by inspecting the viral videos of the convoy. The team of cops had already arrested more than 100 people who participated in the rally. The cops even seized several high-end vehicles from the rally. Even Gajanan Marne was arrested for the ruckus created by his supporters.

The high-speed convoy of numerous cars created a major controversy. The police registered several cases against Marne in connection with the procession too. Pune Police after an investigation found out that Sanjay Kakade was involved in organising the convoy and he even supplied vehicles to the crowd. A case was registered against him at the Bundgarden police station in Pune.

Sanjay Kakade is former MP

Sanjay Kakade is a former Rajya Sabha member. He represented Maharashtra and was later backed by BJP. He is also a prominent builder in Pune. Last year, his term in Rajya Sabha came to an end.

Inspector Vinayak Gaikwad, who was seeking five-day custody of Kakade said in remand application,

“We have received information that the arrested accused (Kakade) and Gaja Marne are directly and indirectly linked to each other. We want to probe, who hatched the conspiracy and who else was involved.”

However, Kakade’s counsel played it down by saying that it a politically motivated decision,

We argued that most legal provisions invoked by the police are bailable. One non-bailable provision of Criminal Amendment Act cannot be applied here. The allegation that he has links with an accused in the case have been made with a political motive.”

The car rally

The police took action against Gajanan Marne after a special court of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act had acquitted Marne and his 13 aides in connection to the murder of Santosh Hiraman Gawade also known as Pappu, for the lack of evidence. Prior to that, the court had acquitted him of the charges for murdering another rival gang member – Amol Hari Badhe. These incidents happened way back in 2014.

Post his release from jail, Pune Police refiled the cases. Gajanan was caught by a joint team of Pune rural police and Satara Police in Jaoli taluka of Satara district. The notorious goon was sent to the Yerwada Central Jail of one year on 7th March. Based on the proposal from Pune rural police, district collector Rajesh Deshmukh issued an order to keep Marne under preventive detention for a year under the MPDA, 1981 law.