Mumbai: A special Mumbai court declared its final verdict about the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar. Mafia-don-turned-politicion Arun Gawli and his 11 associates have been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Special Judge Prithviraj Chavan, who had found Gawli and 11 others guilty in the case last Friday, delivered the final judgment.
Gawli, who was dressed in white and wearing a white Gandhi cap, heard the verdict very quietly, with a dry smile on his face. It is to be known that he has been behind bars since 2008.
Jamsandekar was killed in dispute of a land matter, outside his home in Asalpha area of Ghatkopar in northeast Mumbai.
Earlier, mafia don-turned politician was elected legislator from 2004 to 2009. This is the first time when he has been declared guilty.
Hearing the judgment Jamsandekar’s widow Komal reacted positively. She showed her happiness saying, “Justice has been finally done.”
The special court had to leave three accused because of lake of evidence. One of the suspects, Bala Surve, dide in July this year.
The prosecution led by Raja Thakre was demanding for the death penalty for the accused. H econtented that the contract to kill Jamsandekar had been allegedly given to gawli by Bala Surve and Sahebrao Bhintale, who had a business and political rivalry with Shiv Sena leader. Bhinate was also sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mumbai Police contented in their report that Jamsandekar refused to cooperate with Surve and Bhintale for a deal involving a prime plot in Saki Naka in Northeastern Mumbai. That was the reason which got him eliminated.
The prosecution argued that Jamsandekar was killed at gawli’s directivesfor 30 lakh rupees. Gawli had taken the contract to kill Jamsandekar and other co-accused were conspired in the murder case.