MSRTC bus driver Santosh Mane (39),whose berserk driving on January 25 left nine persons dead and 28 injured,will continue to stay in Yerawada central prison and will not be shifted to Yerawada Mental Hospital.
Judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) A G Samtani,the new judge who is hearing the case,rejected Manes application to shift him from Yerawada central prison to Yerawada Mental Hospital for treatment. Manes lawyer M K Agarwal had appealed to the court to shift Mane to the mental hospital,but the judge dismissed the plea stating that it will be considered after the chargesheet is filed. The judge also dismissed another petition to summon Dr Dilip Burate,the Solapur-based psychiatrist who had treated Mane,stating that it will be done at an appropriate stage.
Agarwal had put on record various medical reports stating that Mane was mentally ill and was being treated for the same. The prosecution had challenged this and argued that Manes treatment can also be carried out in Yerawada central prison where he is currently lodged and that there was no need to shift him.
The court had granted permission to MSRTC to serve a chargesheet on Mane for a departmental inquiry. MSRTC divisional traffic officer Anagha Bartakke had filed a plea to serve the chargesheet on Mane through its counsel Atul Gunjal. The permission was required as Mane was lodged in jail.