Nagpur: Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli on Friday surrendered before the Nagpur Central Jail authorities following the end of his extended parole. Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court would hear his plea for extension in parole on Monday, after which it would be disposed of. However, Gawli counsel Mir Nagman Ali told TOI that the case would be declared “infructuous” as petitioner had surrendered before the deadline set by the court.
The Dagdi Chawl-based gangster arrived by afternoon flight in the city and officially surrendered by 5.30pm. He was accompanied by four to five supporters from Mumbai, while 10-11 joined him from the airport.
His plea would come up before a division bench led by Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari. Gawli’s parole was extended on May 29 so that he could meet his ailing mother after his counsels produced doctors prescription and other documents. The underworld don had applied for extension with divisional commissioner Anoop Kumar citing his mothers deteriorating health, but since it was kept pending he again approached higher judiciary.
The court had granted parole to Gawli on May 5 for attending his son Maheshs wedding with Nagpur-based Krutika Ahir that was held on May 9 at Mahalaxmi Racecourse. The 15-day parole was supposed to end on May 21, but the petitioner applied for extension which was accordingly granted. Gawli was convicted for the murder of Shiv Sena MLA Kamalakar Jamsandekar in 2012.
He was brought to Nagpur Central Jail in March, after being awarded lifer along with 11 others, which is probably his first ever conviction.