Judicial magistrate first class Umeshchandra More deferred to April 4 a decision on whether Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus driver Santosh Mane,who had gone on the rampage killing nine people on January 25,needs to be shifted to Yerawada mental hospital for treatment or not.
Defence lawyer MK Agarwal had sought shifting of Mane to the mental hospital. He had put on record medical reports stating he was mentally ill and was under treatment for the same. The prosecution challenged this arguing that Manes treatment can also be carried out in Yerawada central prison where he is lodged at present and that there is no need to shift him.
Meanwhile,the court granted MSRTC permission to serve a chargesheet on Mane,so that a departmental inquiry can be conducted. MSRTC divisional traffic officer Anagha Bartakke had filed a plea to serve the charge sheet on Mane through its counsel Atul Gunjal.
Mane had hijacked an MSRTC bus from Swargate depot and drove around the city killing nine people and injuring 39. MSRTC had suspended Mane from service on the day of the incident.