A week after few lawyers moved the court against senior Public Prosecutor Arun Gupte,he admitted in the court today hat his tenure had expired way back in 2008. On Wednesday,Gupte in his written submission to the Special NDPS court said the Centre did not extend his appointment as a government officer after it expired in 2008.
Guptes reply came after three advocates Ayaz Khan,Atul Sarpande and Taraq Sayyad appearing in NDPS courts moved the court challenging his authority. Gupte,who was appointed as a Special Public Prosecutor between 2005- 08,ceased to remain one after the notification expired in 2008.
The lawyers have also challenged the validity of the cases where Gupte had represented the state. One of the senior lawyers in the city,Gupte has been serving as a government pleader for over a decade. According to Section 24 (8) of the CrPC,appointment of government prosecutors to try the cases under the Indian Customs and NDPS act are made by the Central government.