Last year, Pravin Mahajan had in his statement told the police that he shot his elder brother and BJP leader Pramod at his Worli house.
On Monday, Pravin stood in the dock of sessions court and denied having killed Pramod.
“In the testimony of Rekha Mahajan, wife of Pramod, she has stated that on April 22, 2006, you had shot at Pramod in his house in Purna building, Worli,” said Sessions Judge Shrihari Davare.
Pravin replied, “That is false.”
“I want to give an explanation,” he added.
Judge Davare told him he could do that later as now he only has to only answer about the incriminating evidence against him.
Pravin, who is in custody since April last year, also denied in the court that he was present in Pramod’s house at the time of the incident.
He said, “I don’t know whether Pramod stayed in flat number 1501.”
Pravin denied there was any money dispute between the brothers and also denied sending a threatening SMS to Pramod. These were in reply to BJP leader Gopinath Munde’s testimony.
However, Pravin told the court that on April 22 last year at around 8 am, he went to the Worli police station, surrendered his licenced pistol and told the police that his brother had been shot.
When the judge asked him if he knew that Pramod died in hospital, Pravin replied, “Yes, I read it in the papers.”
When the judge told him that Pramod’s wife Rekha had identified the clothes that Pravin was wearing at the time of the incident, he replied, “I don’t know how Rekha knew what I was wearing.” His reply to the statement of Pramod’s servant Mahesh Wankhede that he had seen him fire at Pramod with a pistol was, “It is false.”