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Charges framed against Pravin Mahajan in Mumbai HC

The prosecution submitted a CD to the Mumbai trial court capturing events covering the surrender of the accused, reports Sunil Shivdasani.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 21:13 IST
Sunil Shivdasani
Sunil Shivdasani

The stage was set for framing of charges against Pravin Mahajan, held on the charge of killing his brother and BJP General Secretary Pramod Mahajan, with the prosecution on Thursday submitting to the trial court a Compact Disc (CD) capturing a sequence of events covering the surrender of the accused before the Worli police soon after the commission of the crime.     

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam submitted the CD in a sealed cover to sessions Judge SP Daware who asked the defence lawyer representing Pravin to give his submissions on January 23 regarding framing of charges.

The CD is considered a vital piece of evidence and had been demanded by the defence lawyer. The police had captured in a film the entire sequence of events of Pravin surrendering before police soon after firing shots at his brother with a licenced revolver.

The CD shows Pravin telling police that he had shot at his brother Pramod at the latter’s residence in Worli and handing over the revolver used in the crime. In the CD, Pravin recounts the events leading to attack on Pramod’s life and the reasons for the murder.

Pravin and his wife Sarangi were present in the court when the CD was submitted and watched the proceedings without saying a word. The accused is lodged in Central Prison and comes to the court as and when summoned.

On January 23, the defence lawyer will submit his views on framing of charges and had urged the court earlier for the CD on which the police is relying upon to prove its case.

In his statement, Pravin had told the police that he had shot at his brother on April 22 last year as he had financial difficulties and  Pramod had refused to help him.

Pravin had stated that he had driven from Thane to go to Pramod’s residence in Worli to meet him. He said that Pramod did not give him a proper response, which infuriated him and provoked him to open fire from his revolver.

The prosecution has cited 58 witnesses including Rekha Mahajan, widow of Pramod, Rahul, the son of the deceased, a domestic help  and Gopinath Munde, BJP  leader and brother-in-law of Pramod. Rekha and the servant had seen Pravin firing shots at his brother while Munde had accompanied Pramod to Hinduja Hospital, where he was admitted. Pramod was in Hospital for 12 days before succumbing to his injuries.

The police has filed a chargesheet, charging Pravin with 302 IPC (murder) and 120-b IPC (conspiracy). He had fired three shots at his brother and then the revolver jammed. The weapon is now displayed before the court as a material piece of evidence. The fingerprints of Pravin have also been obtained.

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