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HC admits Gawli’s life sentence appeal

HC admits Gawli’s life sentence appeal
Bombay High Court on Friday admitted an appeal filed by gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli against a lower court order sentencing him to life imprisonment for the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar in 2007.

The appeal was admitted by Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S S Jadhav and will come up for hearing in due course.Gawli contended that the Sessions Court verdict was bad in law and based on non-application of mind.

On 24 August, Gawli, former MLA and 11 others were found guilty of murdering Jamsandekar in 2008. According to the chargesheet, a sum of Rs 30 lakh was paid to the Gawli gang for eliminating the Sena corporator over a land deal.

Ten others were also awarded life imprisonment in the case by the Special MCOCA court last month.

Gawli has been in custody since his arrest in May 2008. On 7 October , 2010, the court had framed charges against Gawli and other accused under MCOCA, sections 302 [murder], 34 [common intention] and 120B [criminal conspiracy] of the IPC.

Gawli, who for four decades played a cat-and-mouse game with the law enforcement agencies, has finally met his nemesis.

This is his first conviction though he has been arrested several times for various crimes, including murder, extortion and kidnapping. The law has finally caught up with the Big Daddy of Mumbai mafia, Arun Gulabrao Ahir, or simply Arun Gawli, with a special court Friday sentencing him and 11 others to life for the 2007 killing of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar.   
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