Special court reserves order till tomorrow

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Mumbai, Jul 17 (UNI) The MCOCA court today reserved its order till tomorrow on the application filed by gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, accused in an extortion and murder case, seeking permission to attend the state assembly's monsoon session.

After hearing both the parties, MCOCA (Maharashtra Control for Organised Crime Act) Judge Y D Shinde reserved orders till tomorrow.

Earlier, opposing the petition, Additional Public Prosecutor Kalpana Chavan said Gawli may abscond from the assembly as the escort team would not be in the house. There is no emergency-like situation like a no confidence motion on the floor of the house, warranting his presence, and he has already submitted his questionaire to the secretary of legislature and hence it is not necessary that he should be present in the house, she said.

Gawli had filed an application seeking permission to attend the monsoon session of the state legislature, which commenced from yesterday.

Gawli is a member of the legislative assembly, elected from Chinchpokli assembly constituency as an Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS) candidate.

He was initially arrested in an extortion case by the crime branch sleuths and later booked under the MCOCA in Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar's murder case.

Gawli, at present, is in judicial custody.

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