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2010: A year of justice?

Will 2010 be the year of justice?

mumbai Updated: Jan 01, 2010 01:12 IST

26/11 terror attacks case
Perhaps a verdict awaited by most Indians. The special court handling 26/11 attacks case is likely to seal the fate of the sole surviving Pakistani gunman, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, and two locals – Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed - in mid February.
The case has already entered its last leg with the special Judge M L Tahaliyani recording the statement of the 21-year-old prime accused, under section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The case has been adjourned till January 6, when the special court will resume recording of the remaining statement.
Section 313 is applied after the prosecution wraps its case against accused. It gives the accused an opportunity to explain their stand and also add evidence in their defence.
The prosecution in 26/11 attacks case has led evidence of 640 witnesses in support of the case against the suspected LeT hitman and the two local operatives.
Final arguments from both – the prosecution and the defence sides – will follow recording of 313 statements of all the three accused. The legal formalities are expected to take a month.

Neeraj Grover murder case
A case of an alleged love triangle gone horribly wrong. Aspiring actress Maria Susairaj and her fiancé Emile Jerome Mathew allegedly killed Synergy Adlabs creative head Neeraj Grover in May 2008 by stabbing him to death at Susairaj’s house at Malad. Then Susairaj and Jerome allegedly cut the body into pieces and disposed it at the jungles of Manor.
Both the accused are in jail as under-trials since their arrest in May 2008. The court has examined 12 witnesses, while 15 are yet to be examined. The court is currently hearing the trial on a day-to-day basis and the verdict in this sensational case is expected this year.

Shiney Ahuja accused of rape
Film actor Shiney Ahuja was arrested on June 14 after his 20-year-old maid filed a complaint with the Oshiwara police station saying that he raped her when she was alone in the house. She also said that Ahuja threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the incident.
The police charged Ahuja for rape, wrongful confinement and threatening. Oshiwara police on August filed a 109-page chargesheet against Ahuja, which includes the statement of witnesses, forensic reports and other documentary evidence. The charge sheet also consists of 12 witnesses statement and the statement of the victim recorded before the magistrate.
The fast track court rejected Ahuja’s bail twice as police said that granting bail to Ahuja could be a threat to the victim’s life. However, the Bombay High court granted him bail on October 1, but restrained the fast track court from framing charges after the actor moved HC claiming that he has not been provided with documents and reports required at the time of trial. The fast track court is likely to deliver verdict this year.

Saji Mohan case
The special NDPS is likely to decide the fate of Jammu and Kashmir cadre IPS officer allegedly arrested in a drugs case. Saji Mohan, who was earlier posted with the NCB’s zonal unit in Chandigarah was arrested on January 25, allegedly with a consignment of 12.8 kilograms of heroine from Classique Club in Oshiwara.. After interrogating him, the ATS raided a flat in Nalanda apartments at Naigoan and allegedly recovered another consignment of 25 kilograms of narcotics.
The flat in Naigoan, allegedly belonged to the step-son of Vicky Oberoi, a fisheries exporters from Oshiwara, who was arrested in the case along with a former constable with Haryana police Rakesh Kumar Khatariya on January 17.
Mohan, Oberoi and Khatariya have been booked for possession of the psychotropic substance and criminal conspiracy. On May 12, ATS filed a 400 hundred-page chargesheet containing statements of about 40 witnesses and four telephonic conversations between Mohan and others. Mohan is in custody after the NDPS court refused bail.

Adnan Patrawala murder case
On August 19, 2007, five youngsters – Sujit Nair, Rajeev Dharaiya, Amit Kaushal, Ayush Bhatt and Kimesh Ambavat — allegedly kidnapped and killed 16-year-old Adnan Patrawala.
On August 18, 2007, Patrawala, a college student, drove off in his father’s Skoda to an undisclosed location after receiving a call from a friend. His father, a businessman based in Andheri, received a call for ransom of Rs 2 crore. The caller threatened Patrawala would be killed if the ransom was not paid. On August 19, his body was found abandoned in his car on Palm Beach Road. Although Bhatt had filed an application saying that he was a juvenile when the incident took place, the court rejected his claims. The court has framed charges and the accused are in custody.

Thane blast case
On June 4 last year, there was a low intensity blast at the Gadkari Rangayatan in Thane, when a marathi play ‘Aamhi Pachpute’ was on. Although there were no causalities, the blast left seven people injured. ATS arrested Ramesh Gadkari, Vikram Bhave, Mangesh Nikam, Santosh Angre, Haribau Divekar Hemant Chalke, allegedly right wing radicals, in connection with the blast.
The court recorded testimonies of 75 witnesses, while statements of 10 more witnesses are yet to be recorded. All the accused are in custody since their arrests.