Nagpur: Police registered a case against Shiv Sena MLA Harshavardhan Jadhav for allegedly slapping an inspector posted outside the room of party president Uddhav Thackeray in a city hotel on Wednesday.
Jadhav, an MLA from Kannad in Marathwada, was reportedly trying to enter the room when he was stopped by the officer who was on duty as a member of the Special Protection Unit.
“The officer told the MLA that a meeting with some ministers was on inside and that nobody was supposed to be allowed in. An angry Jadhav then allegedly slapped him and ran away from the place,” a senior officer attached to the Sonegaon police station told the media.
“The PI from Nashik, posted on bandobast duty here, has registered a complaint against the MLA,” the police officer confirmed.
Jadhav could not be reached for comments.
This is not the first time the MLA had a public tiff with the police. He was allegedly beaten up by the Aurangabad police in January 2011 after he attempted to forcibly join the then chief minister’s convoy when the latter was on a visit to the district.
Jadhav had been elected from Kannad on an MNS ticket in 2009 but had fell out with the party after he was beaten up by the state police in Ellora. Jadhav nursed a grudge that the MNS had not taken up the issue of the assault on him as it should have done and had quit the party.
He later joined the Shiv Sena and was elected from Kannad again in 2014.
Uddhav Thackeray was in Nagpur Wednesday to hold deliberations with party MLAs, ministers, Vidarbha office-bearers and Assembly poll candidates who lost in the region at a closed-door meeting in the city hotel. Thackeray arrived here along with son Aditya in the afternoon and addressed the party members before leaving for Mumbai in the evening.