Buddhist Monk case: Bail applications rejected

UNI, February 4, 2008

MUMBAI, India -- A local court on Monday rejected the bail applications of four persons who have been arrested in connection with the suspected murder of a Buddhist monk here on January 6.

<< Bhante Bhadhant Sanghraj, found hanged

The four - A Lakdawala, Dr Vivek Kolekar, Arun Kamble and Manohar Jadhav - had moved for bail on the grounds that the investigations have been completed and they are ready to cooperate with investigating agency.

After hearing the argument of both the sides at length, additional sessions judge K P Joshi rejected the bail applications.

The court, while rejecting the bail applications, observed that there is a case against the accused, and considering the seriousness of the case, the accused persons cannot be released on bail until the charge sheet is filed.

It may be recalled that the police had registered a murder case against the four for their alleged involvement in the mysterious death of a Buddhist monk, Buddha Bhante Bhadhant Sanghraj.

The 75-year-old monk was found hanging from the ceiling of his home at Gautam Nagar in Deonar here. The complainant, Nandbodhi Boddha, had accused builder Lakdawala, Dr Vivek Kolekar, Arun Kamble, Manohar Jadhav and others of murdering the monk.