Claiming that he has made several efforts towards reformation since 1993,don-turned-politician Arun Gawli told a special MCOCA court on Tuesday that his attempts were aborted by the police. I have tried several times to reform,police did not allow me to, he said. The prosecution has sought death sentence for Gawli in connection with the 2007 murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar.
By 2007 (when the incident occurred),I had made enough money. I was a peoples representative then and my daughter and sister-in-law also were elected corporators. We did not need Rs 30 lakh earned through killing someone. Supporting the Shiv Sena has helped us make enough money, he told the court.
The court has now adjourned the case to August 31,when the quantum of punishment will be awarded to Gawli and 11 others convicted in the murder case. Prosecution on Monday pressed for death penalty for Gawli,Vijaykumar Giri and Pratap Godse. On Monday,special public prosecutor Raja Thakre had argued that though the trio was not convicted under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code for murder,stringent section of MCOCA attracted death penalty. Thakre had argued that the criterion of the rarest of rare case should not be applicable to special statutes like MCOCA,which has provision for severe punishment.
Gawlis advocate Sudeep Pasbola,refuting Thakres argument,said it is entrenched that death sentence is to be given only in the rarest of rare cases. The court is bound to give special reasons if it finds that a case is the rarest of rare and awards a death sentence, Pasbola said. The fact remains that every murder is henious,every murder leads to loss of life. But only because it is murder,death sentence cannot be given, he argued.
The case which was scheduled to be heard at 11am was delayed after the police escorts failed to reach on time. Special judge Prithviraj Chavan reprimanded the head of the escorts who were given the responsibility of bringing the accused to court from jail. The hearing commenced only at 12.45 pm.
The police officer said though the police vans arrived at 9 am,they left Taloja jail only at 11.05 am. The court asked the officer why it took half-an-hour to bring the accused to the court room. Everyone knows what they are indulging in on the way and when they are taken back to court. It is no secret, the judge remarked.