Additional sessions judge D R Mahajan on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to a 75-year-old man absconding in a murder case registered in 1980.
Shivaji Kute (75) of Bhose village in Khed taluka had allegedly killed Bhanudas Nalkande of the same village on May 23,1980. A murder complaint was registered on the same day with Chakan police. Kute went absconding for 30 years since then until he applied for an interim anticipatory bail on November 19,2010.
The chargesheet against Kute was filed in 1982,after which he was declared a proclaimed offender. After his return,the police has to file a supplementary chargesheet in the court.
Defence lawyers N D Patil and Pandit Dhumal said Kute had to again obtain interim bail on June 10,2011,as the earlier bail was for a limited period. They said the police had served a notice on Kute on June 4,2011,directing him to remain present before a magisterial court in Khed for filing the supplementary chargesheet on June 12,but till date the chargesheet has not been filed. They feared that Kute may be arrested and produced before the court and taken into magisterial custody.
Kuthe,in his anticipatory bail application,stated that he shall not tamper with evidence,will remain present for trial and will cooperate with the police machinery. The court heard both the sides and granted bail to Kute on a personal bond and surety bond of Rs 50,000 and one solvent surety of the same amount.