Court rejects bail plea
The district and session court premises appeared like a battlefield on Wednesday after city’s notorious gangster, Santosh Ambekar and four others finally landed in police net. With more than hundreds of police including of crime branch, Sadar police station and Head quarters guarded the court premises, Ambekar and others were arrested by crime branch police near the Exit gate of the court.
The most awaited arrest took place just minutes after the gangster stepped out of the Nyay Mandir and was heading in the car with the other near exit gate of the court. Ambekar and others had applied for the ad interim bail in an extortion case against builder.
Long argument between defence lawyer and government pleader
Ambekar and others were produced in the court on Wednesday. In the first half, a prolonged argument between the defence lawyer R K Tiwari and government pleader Vijay Kolhe before the District and Additional Session judge S D Jagmalani. After the argument, the court has decided to announce the conclusion after a break. However, during the break time, while the defence lawyer was taking Ambekar and others in the car outside the court, crime branch PI Avinash Shilimkar and his team stopped the car and took all in police net.
Eye witnesses informed that there was an argument between police and defence lawyer. Minutes later, Jagmalani declared his decision of rejecting the bail plea and Ambekar was arrested by crime branch police.
City police chief K K Pathak has assured tight security measures at the court premises to prevent any violent incident.
Flash back of the case
Ambekar, a resident of Itwari , Pandrabodi resident Sanjay Fatode, 41, Yuvraj Mathanka of Narendra Nagar, 31, Gautam Bhataakr, resident of Swavlambi Nagar, and Aakash Borkar were booked by Ambazari police on January 17 on charges of extortion, wrongful restraint and some offence under the Arms Act.
A complaint was filed by builder Jeetendra Chavan in which he claimed that they had allegedly threatened him at gunpoint on December 14 inside Ambazari police station.
Ambekar, now learnt to be preparing to fight the forthcoming assembly elections, had threatened Chavan to cough up Rs 65 lakh inside the detection branch wing of Ambazari police station.
Following an enquiry in the case, Pathak has suspended API Ravindra Kadam of DB squad of Ambazari was also for hiding the information of criminal’s visit to the police station and also trying to save Ambekar.