Magistrate court : 3 days in police custody for threatening bank staffer who opposed a land deal
Judical magistrate (First Class) B B Pantawane on Friday remanded suspended Congress corporator Deepak Mankar in police custody for three days in a case of threatening an Urban Cooperative Bank employee who had opposed the banks move to sell one of its land holdings in Sadashiv Peth. The incident occurred on February 2,2007,at Mankars office in Narayan Peth.
According to complainant Shekhar Wambure,Mankar had phoned him on February 2,2007,and asked him to come to the formers office. Mankar threatened to kill him if he opposed the decision of the board of directors to sell a 278-sq ft plot owned by the bank. While he was being threatened,bank managers Sambhaji Vitthal Jadhav,Shantaram Dattatray Vaidh and director Prakash Devkar were also present at the office. Wambure,a resident of Dhankwadi,filed a complaint against Mankar,Vaidh,Devkar and Jadhav with the Vishrambaug police on June 19.
Police arrested all the accused,except Mankar,on June 22 and they are in judicial custody now. Public prosecutor Vinayak Musale argued that Mankars police custody is necessary as the police are yet to seize the revolver used by Mankar for threatening Wambure. It is also necessary to find out who supplied him the weapon,he said.
Advocates Sudheer Shah and Harshad Nimbalkar,Mankars counsel,argued that Mankar has a valid firearm licence and hence the question of finding the supplier does not arise. Also,if his firearm is to be seized,the police may issue him a notice. The police did not book Mankar under section 3 (25) of the Arms Act while they filed the case on June 19; they added the section on June 30. This was done with the sole intention of seeking his custody,as all other sections in the case are bailable.
They also pointed out that there has been considerable delay in filing the complaint.
The Pune police had arrested Mankar outside the Bombay High Court on Thursday. He was brought to the Vishrambaug police station in Pune around 2 am on Friday. Police produced him before the Sessions Court in Pune around 3 pm. After the remand,Mankar was taken to the Pune police commissionerate for interrogation.
In tears : Though Mankar waved at his supporters with a smiling face at the Pune court on Friday,police sources said he had broken down in Mumbai on Thursday when he realised that he will be arrested. They said Mankar cried for a while when the Pune police team nabbed him outside the High Court.