Friday, August 31, 2012

Gawli gets life term for murdering Sena corporator

MUMBAI, August 31, 2012 (PTI)

Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli was on Friday sentenced to life imprisonment by a special MCOCA court in Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar murder case.

Special MCOCA court judge Prithviraj Chavan also imposed a fine of Rs. 17 lakh on Gawli, failing which he will have to undergo an additional three-year imprisonment.

Ten others were also awarded life imprisonment in the case while accused Sunil Ghate was convicted only under Arms Act and has been sent to three years' rigorous imprisonment.

The court also sent Gawli to ten-year imprisonment each for being a member of the organised crime syndicate and extortion.

While pronouncing the sentence, justice Chavan said, "Instead of death I am giving you life imprisonment."

During the arguments on sentencing, Gawli had told the judge that there was no reason for him to kill the Sena corporator for a "paltry" amount of Rs. 30 lakh.

"After 2007 BMC elections, when Shiv Sena was not in majority it was our Akhil Bharatiya Sena, who gave them support of four corporators (to attain majority). At that time each of our corporators commanded very high monetary value (for providing support) and there was no reason for me to kill Jamsandekar for Rs. 30 lakh," Gawli argued.

On August 24, the former MLA and 11 others were found guilty of murdering Jamsandekar in 2008. Earlier, Gawli's lawyer Sudeep Passbola had argued in the court that his client should not be given capital punishment, as demanded by the prosecution. "Give a dog a bad name and shoot it — that should not be the principle," Passbola had said.
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