The bench, however, made it clear that the duo will have to face prosecution for forging presidential pardon letters.
The bench, however, deferred the matter till next week after finding that the affidavit tendering unconditional apology was not signed by Mandole, a former head
constable, who is serving his prison term in Kalamba Central Prison, Kolhapur. Parmar, a former sub-inspector, is absconding.
Another bench of the court had initiated contempt proceedings against the duo in November 2012, when it became clear that the presidential pardon letters produced by them in high court were never issued by the Presidential secretariat.
Parmar, Mandole and five other personnel attached to the DN Nagar police station had been charged with the custodial death of a 26-year-old in 1990. In April 1996, a sessions court had sentenced Parmar and Mandole to three years in prison. The high court and subsequently the Supreme Court had upheld their conviction.