At a court on Friday, Ganesh Ambore, an undertrial in a murder case, hurled his footwear at judge Y D Shinde and missed.
Lawyers who witnessed the scene said Ambore’s act seemed premeditated.
“Before entering the courtroom, all accused have to remove their footwear, but Ambore came to court carrying his footwear in a plastic packet,” said a lawyer who was present in court at
the time, on condition of anonymity.
Some of the policemen standing outside the court said Ambore has claimed the trial of his case has been proceeding extremely slowly, which is allegedly why he threw his footwear at the judge.
As soon as he was whisked out of the courtroom, another accused assaulted Ambore in the corridor of the fifth floor of the Sessions Court for the disrespect shown to the court.
Ambore had been arrested for allegedly killing a thief, Drishna Devindra, outside the Sewri Sessions Court on June 29, 2006.
Devindra, a former associate of alleged Chhota Rajan gang member D K Rao, was killed after he was shot at close range by Ambore and another man at the entrance of BDD Chawl outside the Sewri court.
Police investigations revealed that Devindra’s fellow accused T.B. Raja had allegedly pointed him out to Ambore outside the court premises. The police had arrested seven people, including Ambore, and booked them under the tough Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.
Ambore was produced before Judge Shinde at 3.30 pm. Soon after, he allegedly abused the court and threw his footwear at the judge, who then went to his chamber, returned in five minutes and took up other cases for hearing.
“The case has not been reported yet, but if any representative of the court files a complaint we will look into it,” said Iqbal Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Colaba).
Judge Shinde had earlier approached the police after getting threatening phone calls from an unidentified source. He is currently presiding over several high-profile cases, including the Indian Mujahideen case involving e-mails sent before blasts across the country, and the 2008 Malegaon blast case.