Gawli pleads innocence in Jamsandeker’s murder

Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli’s statement was recorded before the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court on Wednesday and Thursday for his alleged involvement in Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandeker’s murder.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:January 6, 2012 12:09 am

Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli’s statement was recorded before the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Wednesday and Thursday for his alleged involvement in Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandeker’s murder. Denying his role in the murder,Gawli pleaded innocence before the court.

Special Judge S A Deshmukh asked Gawli specific questions about his alleged role in the supari (contract) killing. Gawli maintained he was unaware about the incident and was falsely implicated in the case.

According to the prosecution,the murder was organised by Gawli after a local property developer paid him Rs 30 lakh to eliminate Jamsandeker. “Gawli maintained he is not involved in the case. He pleaded innocence,” said his lawyer Sudeep Pasbola.

Gawli and 13 others were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of Jamsandeker in March 2008. According to the prosecution,Jamsandeker was killed at his Asalpha residence in Ghatkopar. Two men,Sahebrao Bintade and Bala Surve,had allegedly paid Gawli to kill Jamsandekar. The other accused,too,maintained they were innocent and had no role to play in the alleged crime.

The case is scheduled for arguments on Friday.

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