Arun Gawli gets lifer in Shiv Sena corporator's murder case

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Mumbai, Aug 31: Gangster turned politician Arun Gawli has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the murder case of Shivsena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar. Gawli and 11 others were convicted in the case under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999. This is the first time that an underworld gangster has been sentenced in a case.

Special MCOCA court judge Prithviraj Chavan pronounced the judgement and imposed a fine of Rs 7 lakh on Gawli. Failure to pay up will attract an additional jail term.

The brutal killing of the corporator on Mar 2, 2007 shocked all with the chargesheet stating that four persons at the behest of Gawli entered the house of Jamsandekar in Asalpha residence in suburban Ghatkopar and shot him at point blank range using a country-made revolver in front of his own daughter.

Gawli was subsequently jailed on May 21, 2008 and has been in jail ever since.

Exposing the role of underworld in politics, the chargesheet stated that a sum of Rs 30 lakh was paid to the Gawli gang to eliminate Jamsandekar. The trial for the sensational case began from Oct 2010.

During a previous hearing, Judge Chavan had stated in court that Gawli was part of an organised crime syndicate and was engaged in extortion.

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