Shiv Sena expels deputy leader Rajesh Shah after son's arrest in BMW hit-and-run; CM Shinde vows strict action

The police had also arrested Rajesh Shah and his driver, Rajrishi Singh Bidawat, later Shah was granted bail by a Mumbai court.
Rajesh Shah, father of Mihir Shah and accused in the Worli hit-and-run case, leaves after appearing before a court, in Mumbai, Monday, July 8, 2024.
Rajesh Shah, father of Mihir Shah and accused in the Worli hit-and-run case, leaves after appearing before a court, in Mumbai, Monday, July 8, 2024. PTI

In a significant development, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena, on Wednesday has expelled its deputy leader, Rajesh Shah. This decision comes following the arrest of Rajesh Shah’s son, Mihir Shah, who is the main accused in a recent BMW hit-and-run case.

A one-line notice by Shiv Sena secretary Sanjay More said Rajesh Shah has been relieved from the post of the party's deputy leader.

Shah, however, continues to be a member of the Shiv Sena.

Mihir Shah, the 24-year-old son of ruling Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Shah, had been absconding since the accident on Sunday. He was arrested by the police three days later. The Mumbai police had formed 11 teams and involved the Crime Branch to apprehend Mihir, a Look Out Circular (LOC) was also issued against him.

Mihir was allegedly inebriated and behind the wheel when the hit-and-run accident took place, killing 45-year-old Kaveri Nakhwa and injuring her husband, Pradeep Nakhwa.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said whoever is guilty in the BMW hit-and-run case will not be spared and strict action will be taken against them, amid criticism that the key accused is the son of his party leader.

The CM said there was no question of supporting anyone and no one would be spared.

"Whoever is guilty will not be spared; strict action will be taken against them," Shinde said to the media.

"We stand by the family of the victim. We will provide legal and financial assistance to aggrieved family," he said.

The police also had arrested Rajesh Shah and his driver on Sunday, Rajrishi Singh Bidawat, who was allegedly in the BMW at the time of the accident, for their suspected involvement in the case. Rajesh Shah was later granted bail by a court in Mumbai.

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