Santosh Mane,held guilty of killing nine and injuring 35 persons by mowing them down with a state transport bus,will be re-sentenced on December 11.
After hearing the prosecution and defence lawyers on Manes quantum of punishment on Friday,Additional Sessions Judge V K Shewale announced the next hearing on December 11.
In April 2013,Mane was sentenced to death by Shewale following his conviction on multiple charges. However,in September,a Bombay High Court bench set aside his death penalty and reverted the case back to Pune court after the defence claimed that judge Shewale did not give Mane opportunity to put forward his case on the sentence.
After the case came up for hearing in October,the defence filed an application in the court requesting Mane be examined by a panel of psychiatrists as he was suffering from mental illness and was unfit to make a statement as required by the law.
The court accepted the request and directed the chief medical officer of Yerawada Regional Mental Hospital to appoint a panel of psychiatrists to examine Mane and submit a report on his mental condition.
The report submitted by the panel,however,concluded that Mane was mentally fit and only suffered from loss of sleep and irritability.
Arguing before the court, Manes defence lawyer Dhananjay Mane said,The crime was committed by the accused under extreme mental pressure. Theres a good possibility to reform and rehabilitate the accused. At the time of the crime,he was a state transport driver and had no antecedent of crime. It is also pertinent to note that he has no enmity whatsoever with victims.
Seeking death penalty,district government pleader Ujjwala Pawar said,The accused has committed mass murder and is not showing any remorse for the ghastly act. Without any reason he has killed innocent citizens,including college students and middle-class office goers. There was not a slight provocation for him to commit such a diabolic crime. The crime clearly is a fitting case to impose harshest penalty.
A resident of village Kavthale in north Solapur,Mane is a father of four.