"TYACHI UCHLI baiko, aane he khaun khaun zaad zaalele pora, Pramodchya paisanywar jagat ahet. (His (Pravin’s) characterless wife and fat son are surviving on Pramod’s money),” said an emotional Pradnya Munde, accused Pravin and the slain Pramod Mahajan’s sister, in court on Thursday.
The wife of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde, clad in a blue saree, abused Pravin and his son, Kapil — they were present in court — soon after completing her testimony.
Surprisingly, neither Judge Shrihari Davare nor any of the lawyers tried to stop her as she voluntarily used foul language against Parvin’s family on the pretext that she wanted to tell the court how she felt.
The father-son duo watched as Prandya, in her 10-minute verbal spree, said: “Pramod took care of all four siblings, but this 45-year-old (Pravin) who is surviving on Pramod’s money killed him.”
Calling Pramod a “diamond”, she added: “I realised this when so many people came to meet him in the hospital. However, Pravin did not recognise his worth and killed him.”
Pradnya, the fifth witness in the murder trial, seemed to almost veer the direction of the deposition. She told defence lawyer Harshad Ponda: “Why don’t you ask me the question which will point to the facts.”
Moreover, when the defence wrongly stated: “When you ran downstairs with Rekha…” she stopped him mid-sentence and sternly said: “Aaho khali naahi gelo, var gelo. Asa bolun amchya case chi borya ghalu naka (We did not run downstairs, but upstairs. Don’t spoil our case by making wrong statements).”
Blaming the media for turning a “villain (Pravin) into a hero”, while ignoring Pramod’s good deeds, weeping profusely in the dock she said: “I want to tell the media that my brother Pramod sitting on the sofa was caught unawares when the wretched Pravin shot him. Mr Ponda, if you would have seen my brother during his dying moments, you would not have taken up the case.”
She then turned to Judge Davare and questioned: “Sir, if someone shot at you when you sitting on the dais, how would you react.”
She added: “I would bring my aged mother in court, to show how she is suffering after Pravin killed his brother.”
During cross-examination, the defence pointed out that she had not told the police details like on April 22, 2006, after Pramod was shot, she had held him, wiped his sweat and spoke to him and that her hands were bloodstained when she was helped shift him to the hospital.
She simply replied: “I had told the police but they did not record my statement. It is not my problem.”
Finally, after much persuasion from the public prosecutors and judge Davare, Pradnya stepped out of the dock. She went to Munde and other relatives, who led her out of the courtroom.