Pune accident: Lawyers not to defend 'mentally sick' driver

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Pune bus accident
Pune, Jan 27: Lawyers in Pune seem to have boycotted Santosh Mane - the "mentally unstable" driver who hijacked a state transport bus for an hour and rammed it into many vehicles on the way killing 9 people. More than 30 people were injured in the shocking incident.

Pune Bar Association on Friday, Jan 27 declared that none of the lawyers of the association will represent and defend Mane.

Milind Pawar, member of privilege committee of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, said, "Mane has the right to find a defence lawyer during his trial. But we decided that we will not represent him before that."

"What he (Mane) did cannot be justified, whether or not he was in a sane state of mind. We have all decided we will not represent him on moral grounds," added the spokesperson.

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