Thane: NCP corporator Najeeb Mulla, one of the accused in the case of abetment to suicide of a builder, today submitted in the sessions court here that he had enjoyed "cordial relations" with the deceased.

Mulla is one of the four corporators accused of driving builder Suraj Parmar to suicide in October last year. The other accused are Hanumant Jagdale (NCP), Vikrant Chavan (Congress) and Sudhakar Chava (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena).

The submissions on Mulla's bail application, which he filed a fortnight back, began today before Special Judge V V Bambarde. His counsel Sudip Pasbola told the court that Mulla "never held any grudge against the builder".

"Every day, Mulla used to text greeting messages to the deceased. Even on the day (October 7, 2015) when Parmar abruptly ended his life by shooting himself, Mulla had sent him a greeting message just hours before the incident," Pasbola contended.

He requested the court to grant Mulla bail as police had already filed a charge sheet against all the accused on February 2. Thane Police had registered a case of abetment to suicide under IPC and criminal misconduct under Prevention of Corruption Act as the purported suicide note named these four corporators.

In his suicide note, Parmar had mentioned names of the politicians but later scratched them out fearing harassment to his kin. Pasbola said the note itself was a "confession of the wrong business decisions taken by the deceased and he was upset over the same".

He said Parmar's suicide was a "cumulative effect" of various circumstances and Mulla should not be blamed for the same. "The investigation in the case is directed only towards a particular paragraph in Parmar's suicide note and not in totality. Even the excel file given to the IT officers (which are believed to have names of those whom Parmar had paid bribe), the name of Mulla is not mentioned," he said.

The court has fixed February 12 as the next date for hearing. The four corporators are currently in jail. The bail plea of one of the accused, Hanumant Jagdale, filled before the Bombay High Court, is scheduled to come up for hearing sometime next week.