Mumbai, Jul 15 (UNI) A special court today extended the judicial custody of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli and seven others in an extortion case till July 29.
The 'Serishdar' of MCOCA (Maharashtra Control for Organised Crime Act) Judge Y D Shinde has given July 29 as next date for appearance of the accused in the court as the judge is on leave.
The accused have been charged under section 3(1)(ii), 3(4) and 4 of MCOCA alongwith sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) .
Besides Gawli, the others arrested in this case are Vijay Ahir, Dinesh Narkar, Sudheer Ghorpade, Ajit Rane, Sanjay Kamble, Shrikrishna Ghurav alias Babu, and Mohammed Shafi Qureshi.
Gawli was arrested on April 21 for extorting money from a city builder. The others had been arrested earlier. The accused were arrested for allegedly extorting money from the builder during the period from October 2005 till May 2006.
The builder was allegedly brought to Dagdi Chawl, where Gawli resides, and was asked to pay around Rs 50 lakh. He paid the money in two instalments.
Later, when the builder bagged a new project in Prabhadevi in November 2006, he again started receiving extortion calls and was asked to visit Dagdi Chawl. The builder had lodged a complaint with police in this regard.
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