In yet another twist in the Pramod Mahajan murder trial, his brother-in-law and BJP leader Gopinath Munde told a sessions court in Mumbai that the late leader had received a "threatening" SMS from his brother Pravin a few days before he was shot dead.
Munde, while being examined by the prosecution, told the court that Pramod had called him and said that he had received a message from Pravin which stated: "Now there will be no more prayers or pleas. Now there will be war and there will either be victory or an end to it all..."
According to Munde, this message was received by Pramod a few days after Pravin had gone to his residence, demanded Rs one crore and said he would face the consequences for not paying him the amount.
Rekha Mahajan, Pramod's wife and a key witness, had also made a similar statement before the court on Tuesday.
After receiving the message, Pramod had called him and asked him to speak to Pravin about it, Munde told the court.
Coincidentally he met Pravin the same day who told him that it was a matter between the two brothers and that he should not worry about it, Munde said.
Pravin is accused of shooting his elder brother Pramod multiple times at the BJP leader's Worli residence on April 22, 2006 resulting in his death on May 3.
After Munde's statement about the message, the court was adjourned briefly as special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam conferred with the investigating officer.
Nikam then requested that the recording of Munde's statement be deferred for a day to permit investigations into the statement, which was granted by the court.