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Sangli custodial death: bail plea of two accused rejected

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam argued against the bail plea filed by the duo.

pune Updated: Aug 22, 2018 16:16 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
The body of Aniket Kothale, 26, was found in burnt state in Amboli ghat.(UDAY DEOLEKAR/ HT File Photo)

The bail pleas of two accused, Zakir Pattewala and Rahul Shetge, arrested in connection with the custodial death of Aniket Kothale, 26, were rejected by the district court of Sangli on Tuesday.

Kothale was arrested in a case under Section 392 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and was in police custody when he was killed during interrogation. His body was found in burnt state in Amboli ghat.

SS Sapatnekar, the additional sessions judge, heard arguments from both the sides and later rejected the bail on the grounds that there is a possibility of the suspects tempering with the evidence. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam argued against the bail plea filed by the duo.

“The possibility of tempering of evidence cannot be overruled. Their involvement in disposal of evidence in such a heinous crime was taken into consideration by the court,” said advocate Ulhas Chipre who assisted special public prosecutor advocate Ujwal Nikam in the argument.

Five policemen and one civilian were booked for the murder and destruction of evidence initially. Yuvraj Kamte, police sub-inspector (PSI) of Sangli city police station, along with four other police employees, identified as constables Anil Laad, Arun Tone, Suraj Mulla and police naik Rahul Shetge, were named in the case.

The policemen also took help of Zakir Pattewala, a zero-policeman, who was also booked in the case. Later, another accused identified as Balasaheb Kamble was found involved in the case.

Pattewala had filed for bail on the grounds of not being a policeman. Whereas Shetge claimed to have not been involved in the killing part of the crime. Section 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) attracts a maximum punishment of seven years upon conviction. Therefore, he had applied for conditional bail as the case is yet to go to trial.

Amol Bhandare, 23, who was arrested with Kothale, and is witness to the event, also corroborated the series in his statement to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

A 700-page charge sheet with statements of 55 witnesses was filed on February 5 by the CID after a three month-long investigation.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 16:15 IST