POLICE INSPECTOR Vishwanath Ghanwat of Yerawada police station, who is the investigating officer in the Nayana Pujari rape and murder case of 2009, deposed before the court in Pune on Thursday.
Special public prosecutor in the case, Harshad Nimbalkar, started examining Ghanwat on Thursday and the deposition is expected to continue for a few more days. The defence lawyer, BA Aloor, will now cross-examine Ghanwat.
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Pujari, who worked with a software firm in Kharadi, was found murdered in a forest near Zarewadi village in Khed taluka on October 8, 2009. In the subsequent probe, the Yerawada police arrested four people and filed a chargesheet against them in January 2010 for kidnapping, rape, murder and robbery. The main accused, Yogesh Raut (24), and his two aides, Rajesh Chaudhary (23) and Mahesh Thakur (24), are from Khed. The fourth accused, Vishwas Kadam (26), is from Satara. Chaudhary has turned approver in the case.