Nagpur: Putting to rest, the apprehensions of the police, ill-famous gangster Raju Bhadre surrendered himself at the District and Sessions Court on December 18, 2015.
Last months, after being convicted in the Pinto Shirke murder case, Raju Bhadre was on bail. Sources claimed that when the bail period given to Raju Bhadre got exhausted, he surrendered in the court. He is said to have surrendered in front of Justice Dixit having his Court in the fifth floor. Justice Dixit then granted him Magisterial Custody. Accordingly, Raju Bhadre was taken in heavy police escort to Nagpur Central Jail. Before taking him to the Central Jail, the cops took him to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (Mayo) for a medical check-up.
However, more than a dozen SUVs and Sumos with his supporters accompanied the police van to the Central Jail. The scene resembled that of an actor being taken in the movies to the Central Jail. Sources claimed that more than a 1000 people having criminal antecedents had come to see him off to the Central Jail. Sources also claimed that the main accused Vijay Matte is still at large.
It could be recalled that the convict Raju Bhadre had moved the High Court for granting bail to him. Adv Subodh Dharmadhikari, representing Raju Bhadre, put up his petition for bail before Justice Bhushan Gavai. Adv Dharmadhikari, in his petition on behalf of client Raju Bhadre, argued for favour of the Court in granting bail to the convict.
After hearing the points raised by Adv Dharmadhikari, Justice Bhushan Gavai suspended the sentence and ordered conditional bail to Raju Bhadre on providing Surety Bond of Rs 50 Thousand. The final appeal will be decided in the next hearing.
Raju Bhadre remitted the Surety Bond of Rs 50,000 on January 21, 2015. Once the formalities were completed, the convict was released from the jail. Pintu Shirke was murdered in the court premises in 2002. Eight people, including Raju Bhadre, were convicted on the charges of murder and were sentenced to life imprisonment while seven others were acquitted for lack of strong evidence against them.
Those awarded life imprisonment include Raju Bhadre, Vijay Mate, Kiran Kaithe, Dinesh Gayaki, Ritesh Gawande, Ayub Khan, Umesh Dahake and Kamlesh Nimbarte. Those who were acquitted include Maruti Nauwa, Panjdurang Kinjewar, Mahesh Bante, Rajesh Kadu, Mayur Chavan, his brother Mangesh Chavan and Sandeep Sanak. Pintu Shirke was brutally murdered on the sixth floor of District and Sessions Court building on February 11, 2002 following a land dispute. Cops arrested few goons involved in the murder on the spot while others were held during investigations. Pintu, who was involved in some petty crimes, was brutally killed with swords and other sharp-edged weapons in the court premises. The then Investigating Officer Vijay Swami submitted his report on September 8, 2002 and the then Deputy Commissioner of Police Harish Parshionikar had filed the chargesheet in the court. Out of the 16 accused, one accused passed away during the trial.