Witness number 28 broke down in court on Monday, pointed towards her uncle and shouted: "
Hya mansani mala anath karun taklya aahe, mala nyay hava aahe
(This man has left me orphaned, I want justice)."
Pramod Mahajan's daughter Poonam (26) was deposing in the sessions court of Judge Shrihari Davare and Pravin Mahajan, accused of killing his brother and the BJP leader, sat silently in the dock, smiling occasionally.
Poonam was comforted by BJP leader Gopinath Munde's daughter. The court will examine three more witnesses before pronouncing its verdict.
She told the court that on the morning of the murder, April 22, 2006, her husband, Anand Rao, got a call from Pramod's servant, Mahesh Wankhede, saying that her father had been shot at. She rushed to her parents' Worli home and saw her father bleeding and supported by his sister Pradnya Munde, she told the court. The family then rushed Pramod to Hinduja Hospital.
Soon afterwards she took her father's belongings, including his mobile phone, from the house and kept them in a bag, Poonam said, but she remembered the belongings only a year later when her mother, Rekha, told her that the police had come inquiring about the phone.
On April 15, this year, she turned on the phone before handing it over to the police and realised there was an unread message on it, she told the court. She said the message was a threat sent by Pravin a year earlier.
"What Poonam did was nothing more than a drama and thank god no more family members are left to depose," Pravin told