Nagpur: Disposing of the much-talked- about Pintu Shirke Murder Case on June 22, Monday, the Nagpur division bench of Bombay High Court awarded life term imprisonment to as many as 12 accused in the case and acquitted four accused in the case.
The division bench comprised Justice Choudhari and Justice Deshmukh, who examined all aspects of the evidence in case and reverted the verdict of the Nagpur district and sessions judge J D Jagmalani who had awarded life imprisonment to 7 accused and acquitted 7 accused for lack of evidence in the case.
Those acquitted by the High Court include Rajesh Kadu, Sandeep Sanak, Mayur Chavan and Ayub Khan while those sentenced to life-term include Raju Bhadre (main accused), Vijay Mate, Kiran Kaithe, Dinesh Gayaki, Ritesh Gawande, Umesh Dahake. Kamlesh Nimbarte, Maruti Navva, Pandurang Kinjewar, Mahesh Bante, and Mangesh Chavan.
It may be mentioned that deceased Pintu Shirke was brutally murdered with sharp-edged weapons in a broad-day light situation in the court premises by Raju Bhadre and others on February 11, 2002, following a land dispute. The state then a filed a revision petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court to seek justice.
Accordingly, the High Court disposed of the petition, reverting the sessions court’s verdict and awarded punishment as cited above.