The Bombay High Court Wednesday observed that the case of Pune bus driver Santosh Mane, convicted for mowing down nine persons in 2012, was that of a “cold-blooded rage”.
The court was hearing the proceedings in the case pertaining to the confirmation of death sentence handed out to Mane by a Pune sessions court on April 8, 2013. Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode had upheld the conviction of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) driver on July 23 but the court is yet to award his sentence of punishment.
Public Prosecutor Sandip Shinde told the court that had Mane not been controlled by the police, he would have killed more people.
Observing that the circumstances in which the crime was committed, Justice Kanade said, “It (case) can be termed as a cold-blooded rage where all empathy is lost.”
“The question is whether this man can be allowed to be a member of the society?” Justice Kode asked. After listening to the prosecutor’s arguments, the court adjourned the case till Thursday. Rejecting his insanity plea, the High Court had on July 23 held Mane guilty of committing murder. Mane, 42, was sentenced to death by a trial court. He was reportedly unhappy with working hours.