Three months after criminal lawyer Shahid Azmi was shot dead by goons, police on Thursday filed a 1200-page chargesheet against ten members of the infamous Bharat Nepali gang in a designated Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court.
Azmi was defending Faheem Ansari in the 26/11 trial. Ansari was recently acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence.
Azmi was shot dead in his suburban Kurla office on February 11 allegedly by four sharp shooters of Nepali gang. The assailants fired five bullets at Azmi from a close range following which the lawyer succumbed to his injuries, the chargesheet said.
Of the ten accused, police have arrested four associates of Nepali -- Devendra Babu Jagtap alias JD, Pintoo Deoram Dagale, Vinod Yashwant Vichare and Hasmukh Solanki -- while six more, including Nepali and his close aide Vijay Shetty, are still absconding. The arrested persons had shot dead Azmi.
The accused have been booked under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and MCOCA, Senior Inspector (crime branch) Ramesh Mahale, told PTI.
Azmi, who was nephew of Samajwadi Party leader and Govandi MLA Abu Asim Azmi, had also appeared as defence counsel for the accused in July 11 Mumbai local train blasts. (more)