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Pansare murder: Court dismisses Gaikwad’s allegation that he was offered money to take names, become approver

Meanwhile, on December 14, the investigation team had filed a chargesheet against Gaikwad in the magistrate court in Kolhapur.

A COURT in Kolhapur on Friday dismissed the allegations made by Sanatan Sanstha member Sameer Gaikwad— the lone arrested suspect in connection with the murder of Communist leader Govind Pansare— that a policeman offered him Rs 25 lakh to take some names and become an approver or else he would be harmed.

It may be recalled that on November 21, Gaikwad had appeared before the court through a video conference for a hearing on his custody. He told the court that when he was earlier produced before the court on October 8, a policeman whispered to him to name some persons in the case and turn approver, or else he will be harmed. Later, he also filed a complaint in this regard through the jailer on November 25.
Public prosecutor Chandrakant Budhale said that the court on Friday dismissed the allegations made by Gaikwad. “The allegations are after thoughts. There is no substance in it….Had there been any substance, he would have filed the complaint on the same day (October 8),” said Budhale.

Meanwhile, on December 14, the investigation team had filed a chargesheet against Gaikwad in the magistrate court in Kolhapur. A copy of this chargesheet was given to Gaikwad’s counsel on Friday. However, Gaikwad could not appear before the court through a video conference due to technical problems. “The next hearing in this case is on December 30, when the case is likely to be committed to the sessions court,” said Budhale. The chargesheet of 372 pages filed against Gaikwad includes statements of as many as 77 witnesses. It mentions that a 14-year-old boy (name withheld) has identified Gaikwad on the location of the crime during the identification parade. But the police are not dependent on him. It also mentions the details of the communication Gaikwad has had with other persons including Jyoti Kamble, Sumit Khamankar and Anjali Jarkar.

Two persons had opened fire on Pansare and his wife, Uma, while the couple was returning home from morning walk on February 16. Pansare had died four days later during treatment. His wife had received a bullet injury. On September 16, the special investigation team probing the case arrested Gaikwad as a suspect in this case, based on electronic surveillance of his cell phone calls. He was booked under sections 302, 307, 206, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Arms Act.

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Gaikwad’s lawyer move HC, want trial outside Kolhapur

Gaikwad’s lawyers have filed an application in the Bombay High Court seeking an order that he should be tried in any other court outside Kolhapur. Gaikwad’s lawyer Sanjiv Punalekar said, “We have moved an application in high court a day after the chargesheet was filed against Gaikwad. The Pansare family and supporters are making statements and protesting in Kolhapur. We believe that the magistrate court in Kolhapur is influenced by this. So there cannot be a fair trial. Hence, we want Gaikwad to be tried in any other court like in Thane or Goa.”

First published on: 19-12-2015 at 12:07:21 am
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