Gangster acquitted in attempt-to-murder case

A sessions court has acquitted gangster Santosh Shetty in a 2005 attempt-to-murder case for lack of evidence.

Shetty was alleged to have conspired to kill hotelier Jitendra Shetty. Nagpada police had booked four persons — three shooters and Shetty in the case. While others were acquitted in 2008 after the ballistic reports failed to prove the prosecution's case, Shetty was tried separately after he was deported from Bangkok in 2011.

The case dates back to July 6, 2005, when Shetty's men allegedly opened fire at Ocean Bar in Mumbai Central. According to the prosecution, Shetty was trying to settle score with Jitendra.

"Police claimed that the complainant had a grudge with fugitive gangster Hemant Pujari and Shetty had promised to teach him a lesson," said Shetty's defence lawyer Kaushik Mhatre. However, Jitendra's statement was recorded almost two years after the incident, he added.

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