Kamble double murder case: Teenage boy to be tried in Sessions Court as adult accused

Nagpur: The Additional Sessions JudgeV B Kulkarni on Thursday issued orders that the teenage boy involved in the sensational Kamble double murder case should be tried by Sessions Court setting aside the orders of the Juvenile Justice Board. The age of the boy was 17 years eight months and 21 days when the heinous crime was committed.

The District Government Pleader Adv Nitin Telgote had filed an appeal on behalf of the State challenging the orders of the Juvenile Justice Board to enable to ‘prosecute’ the juvenile alongside the other accused. After hearing both the sides and in keeping with the amended Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)Act, 2015, which allowed children in the age bracket of 16-18 years to be treated as adults in the case of heinous crimes, the court issued orders that accused boy’s case be transferred to the Sessions Court.

Usha Kamble (54) and her one and-a-half-year-old granddaughter Rashi were brutally murdered by four persons, including Ganesh Shahu and his wife Gudiya, with sharp-edged weapon. The double murder took place at Shahu’s residence at Plot No. 34, Pawansut Nagar, Hudkeshwar, on February 17 this year. The accused persons packed the bodies in gunny bags and dumped in a nullah near Durga Lay-out, behind Vihirgaon village on Umred Road.

An offence under Sections 302, 364, 201, 34 of the Indian Penal Code read with Sections 2, 3 and 5 of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was registered against the accused persons.

The District Government Pleader Adv Nitin Telgote and his colleague Adv Jayant Aloni represented the State. Adv Sameer Sonavane held brief for complainant Ravikant Kamble. The accused was represented by Adv Chetan Barve, colleague of Adv Devendra Chavan. From Police Department, the Investigating Police Officer ACP Rajratna Bansod (Kotwali Division), API Sumit Parteki and Head Constable Harshal Khobragade were present in the court.