Pramod Mahajan murder case: Ponda seeks to withdraw from case

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Mumbai, Oct 11 (UNI) Adv H H Ponda, representing accused Pravin Mahajan in the Pramod Mahajan murder case, has moved an application before the court seeking to withdraw from the case.

Adv Ponda has moved the application saying he had to attend some urgent cases in the High Court and, so, would not be able to make himself available in the lower court, conducting the Pramod Mahajan murder case, during the first session.

Additional sessions judge S P Davare had earlier reminded Adv Ponda that the Pramod Mahajan murder case has to be conducted on a day-to-day basis and completed within two months as per directions of the High Court.

Therefore, judge Davare said that if Adv Ponda could not be present in the court, the examination-in-chief of witnesses could be conducted in his absence from Monday. But, Adv Ponda told the court that his presence during the examination-in-chief of the witnesses was necessary.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, one of the investigating officers Jaikumar Shankar Kesarkar was examined in the case.

During his examination-in-chief by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, the witness said he had registered the First Information Report (FIR) at 0900 hours and accused Pravin Mahajan was arrested 1200 hours.

During the cross examination, Adv Ponda specifically asked the witness as to why there had been a delay between filing the FIR and the arrest, Kesarkar replied he did not feel it necessary to arrest the accused as investigations were in progress.


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