The Bombay High Court on Monday clubbed 22 FIRs against Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale and six FIR against student Nikhil Bhamre. Both of them were arrested in May this year for sharing social media posts against NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
The first FIR against Chitale at Kalwa police station will be treated as the main FIR and the other FIRs will be treated as statements under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). All FIRs against Bhamre would now be clubbed at Naupada police station in Thane.
The court asked the Maharashtra government to file its reply to Chitale and Bhamre’s pleas seeking quashing of FIRs, compensation for wrongful arrest and to declare her arrest as illegal.