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Mahajan not killed for money: Police

Mumbai police claim the late BJP leader was murdered for reasons other than financial, reports Mustafa Plumber.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 21:49 IST

In a dramatic shift from the earlier hypothesis of Pravin Mahajan having shot down his elder brother Pramod Mahajan due to financial constraints, the police have now claimed that they had evidence to the contrary.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Tuesday informed Additional Sessions Judge Shrihari Davare, "The police have collected substantial evidence showing that Pravin had no financial problems as told by him earlier to the police in his statement, as this was the prime motive behind the killing of his elder brother Pramod.

Nikam also informed the court that prosecution would be examining two eyewitnesses who are Rekha Mahajan and maid-servant Mahesh Wankhede who were present in the house on April 22 when Pravin shoot three rounds at Pramod which lead to his death.

Pravin was produced in court today where Judge Davare was scheduled to frame charges against him. However, defence lawyers opposed the appeal as they sought time to study the case papers submitted by the police at the eleventh hour to them.

Nikam also appealed to the court that the case should be opened as early as possible because "This is a case having strong repercussions in the society. A brother was allegedly killed by another, moreover a political party member was shoot dead creating strong rumours in the country. The people are awaiting the verdict in the case.

All this while, Pravin sat patiently inside the dock with his wife Sarangi and two children Kapil and Vrushali closely following the court proceedings. The police would be examining 58 witnesses during the trial in the case the police informed the court.

Pravin, who used to stay at Thane had on April 22, driven to Pramod's residence in Worli early in the morning and shoot three bullets into him. Soon after the incident he had surrendered before the police saying he had shot his brother. Praveen, is currently lodged at the Arthur road central prison in a separate cell.

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First Published: Oct 31, 2006 21:42 IST