Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, 60, and 10 associates were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special MCOCA court on Friday for the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar in 2007.
This is the first time a city gang lord has been convicted, and also the first life sentence under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) since it came into effect in 1999.
The court, which had found 12 of the 16 accused guilty, sentenced one of the accused, Sunil Ghate, to 10 years rigorous imprisonment.
Apart from the jail terms, the court imposed a fine of Rs1.5 crore on all the accused, 40% of which will be paid as compensation to Jamsandekar’s widow, Komal.
Jamsandekar was shot dead on March 2, 2007, at his Asalpha home in Ghatkopar. Gawli was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on May 20, 2008, and has been in custody since then.