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Mane mentally sound,can make statement: Expert panel to court

The panel observed that Santosh Mane complained of loss of sleep and depression.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: October 29, 2013 4:07:59 am

The four-member panel,which examined Santosh Mane — the state transport driver convicted of killing nine persons and injuring 37 others — has concluded that the 40-year-old is mentally sound and can make a statement before the court on the quantum of his punishment.

On Friday,Additional Sessions Judge V K Shewale had directed the jail authorities to get Mane’s psychiatric analysis done by senior doctors at the Yerawada Regional Mental Hospital,and submit a report on Monday.

The panel,however,observed that Mane complained of loss of sleep and depression. They have prescribed a 20-day drug regime for him. Following this,judge Shewale started recording Mane’s statement. He mostly replied in monosyllables,most of the answers being in the negative.

Mane was awarded death penalty by the judge in April after holding him guilty for going on a rampage on January 25,2012,deliberately to kill people and teach his seniors a lesson for not complying to his request of changing his night duty. The death penalty,however,was set aside by the High Court in September,which observed that the sessions judge did not give him an opportunity to put forward his say on the quantum of punishment,as required by the law.

After the case was reverted to the sessions court,defence lawyer Dhananjay Mane made an application claiming his client was not mentally fit to make a statement before the court and should be examined.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for November 7.

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