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State seeks retrial in MCOCA case

The state has sought retrial in a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) case involving a city developer saying the designated judge had examined 13 witnesses in the absence of public prosecutor.

mumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2010 01:13 IST
HT Correspondent

The state has sought retrial in a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) case involving a city developer saying the designated judge had examined 13 witnesses in the absence of public prosecutor.

A division bench of the high court admitted the appeal filed by the state against developer Mahendra Agarwal (57) for hearing. The court admitted a petition by Agarwal seeking orders to probe the roles played by then Commissioner of Police Anami Roy, then Crime Branch in-charge Meeran Borwankar and four other police officers in the case.

In July 2006, the Crime Branch had booked the builder and six others under MCOCA after Brijal Tiwari alleged that Agarwal had threatened him saying he was a close associate of gangster Ravi Pujari. Agarwal was arrested on July 5, 2006, and released on bail after 65 days. In March 2009, the designated MCOCA court acquitted all the accused. The state moved the HC contending that the designated MCOCA judge did not give enough opportunity to the prosecution to adduce evidence.

Agarwal moved the HC alleging that he was falsely implicated and harassed by the police at the behest of a rival builder.