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Sawant approaches court for bail

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, May 11: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) activist Arvind Sawant, who is in judicial custody till May 22, arrested in connection with the murder of his wife Chanda, on December 6, 2001, today moved a bail application before the sessions court.

The bail matter of Sawant will come before the sessions court on May 15. In his bail application he contended that he is already in judicial custody and would not abscond or tamper with the evidence.

Police had already filed their petition opposing to his bail application saying that Sawant is an influential person with political connection and would influence the investigation.

Court magistrate had already granted approval of his brain mapping and narco analysis test as sought by the police.

Sawant was arrested on April 28 in connection with the murder of his wife Chanda following the direction of sessions judge N D Deshpande to the Sion police to reopen and investigate the murder case afresh.

Immediately after the murder in 2001, police had arrested two persons--Ramesh Raju Pujari and Sudhakar Krishna Pujari in the case and charges were framed against them.

On March 14 this year, the judge had held Ramesh guilty and sentenced him to four years rigorous imprisonment, while Sudhakar was discharged in September, 2005, as there was no evidence against him.

Ramesh in his confessional statement before a magistrate had said that Arvind Sawant was the main conspirator in his wife's murder.

The judge while passing his judgement had observed that there were sufficient grounds to proceed against Arvind Sawant and others who were involved in the crime as per the first investigation conducted by Sion police, but the investigation was hampered because of the sudden transfer of the probe to DCB CID (Crime).

The Judge then directed Senior Inspector of Sion police station to re-investigate the role of Arvind Sawant in the murder case.


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