Mohsin Shaikh murder case: Ujjwal Nikam withdraws as public prosecutor

He was to prosecute 21 accused, all members of Hindu Rashtra Sena; only 5 of them are still in jail.

Written by Zeeshan Sheikh | Mumbai | Published:June 13, 2017 4:49 am
Mohsin Shaikh Murder case, Ujjwal Nikam,  Indian express news Ujjwal Nikam (File Photo)

PUBLIC prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has withdrawn from the trial against members of the right wing Hindu Rashtra Sena accused of lynching a 28-year-old man in Pune in 2014. Mohsin Shaikh, who worked in a Pune firm, was killed on his way home after offering prayers at a Masjid on the night of June 2, 2014. His friend, Riyaz Ahmed Mubarak Shendure, was with him when they were targeted, allegedly by Hindu Rashtra Sena members protesting a Facebook post of derogatory pictures of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Bal Thackeray.

Nikam told a sessions court in Pune on Monday that he was withdrawing as public prosecutor in the case and submitted a letter from the Law and Judiciary department to the court. The Maharashtra government’s Law and Judiciary department, through a letter dated May 19, 2017, had acceded to Nikam’s request to be removed from the case and cancelled his appointment as special public prosecutor in the case. “In view of the request by advocate Ujjwal Nikam, seeking cancellation of his appointment as the special public prosecutor for conducting the case pending before the sessions court Pune … the Government of Maharashtra hereby cancels the appointment of advocate Ujjwal Nikam as special public prosecutor with immediate effect,” an order from the Law and Judiciary department said.

Family members of Mohsin and activists who had been fighting the case were shocked over Nikam’s decision to withdraw from the case. “I have been closely observing the case and Nikam sahab had fought this case very effectively so far. It is shocking that he has decided to withdraw from the case. I am at a loss to fathom what could have made him take this decision,” Azhar Tamboli, who is an activist and an intervener in the case, said.

Based on the request of Mohsin Shaikh’s father, the former Congress-led state government had decided to appoint Nikam as a prosecutor in the case in August 2014. Nikam was supposed to prosecute 21 members of the right wing Hindu Rashtra Sena members, including their leader Dhananjay Jayram Desai, alias Bhai, who were arrested for the murder. Interestingly, Desai was being defended by Sanjeev Punalekar, national secretary of the Hindu Vidhidnya Parishad (HVP), which has also been fighting cases for the Sanatan Sanstha.

Over the past year, most of the accused have been granted bail by the Bombay High Court with only five, including the main accused Dhananjay Desai, still in jail. Shaikh’s family said they are shocked by Nikam’s withdrawal from the case. Nikam himself chose to keep mum on why he had decided to withdraw.

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    Shakil
    Jun 20, 2017 at 1:20 am
    .Hasbunallhu wa Niyamal wakeel.... Frnds. Ek adnaa si shakhsiyat ko itni importance mat do. Aaj bhi Hindostaa me Insaaf pasand personalities h.. jo advocates h. Jugdes h..police Officers h.. etc etc. Ek Nil... k bhaag jaane se insaaf thodinaa rukengaa. Ho Sakta h ussay dhamkayaa gayaa ho. say uski chaddi geeli ho gaye h..
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      Shadab
      Jun 19, 2017 at 11:22 pm
      He is not Nikam ,he is nagar nigam he is not ujjwal he is daffer ,he is playing with judiciary ,and he completly show his abilities and courage ,he is buzdil, Without RSS support and political support he is nil and white, he just want to became high court judge or maybe RAJYA SABHA member , These peoples are just plying with the life of innocents
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        Shakil
        Jun 20, 2017 at 1:01 am
        Ur right.
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        Sarfaraz khan
        Jun 19, 2017 at 9:23 pm
        UJWAL NIKAL SHOWED THAT HE IS NOT LOYAL ALSO SHOWED HIS CATEGORY
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          Sarfaraz khan
          Jun 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm
          Ujjwal is a very cheap and anti.national . Because of when a muslim case came in cort they intress to solve but if the hindu case come in the cort he ignored and if not believe then research about it. Take a legel action against him i requested u to please do some think if u are indian
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            rafikk
            Jun 19, 2017 at 4:30 am
            salla aiya aiya wakill....really rss ka nezeeeee GULAM hii ye....zanduuu
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              Advocate Nazim Yete
              Jun 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm
              he is and always was an RSS man and such individual can never see his fellow men beings punished.
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                ushs chandna
                Jun 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm
                Shocking news.
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                  faiz siddiqui
                  Jun 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                  Nikam showed that in india every thing including judiciery is getting dipped i n saffron colour. His degree of law is tobe taken back as he is incapable to fight for justice for innocent.
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