Gawli challenges conviction in murder case

Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court challenging his conviction for the murder of Shiv Sena Corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar.

On August 31, Gawli was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court after it held him guilty of killing the corporator over a land deal.

On August 24, the former MLA and 11 others were convicted for the murder of Jamsandekar in 2008. According to the chargesheet, Rs 30 lakh was paid to the Gawli gang for eliminating the Sena corporator.

Gawli's lawyer Sudeep Pasbola said the main ground in Gawli's appeal is that there is inadequate application of mind by the trial court, its order is erroneous and bad in law.

Gawli has been in custody since his arrest in May 2008. On October 7, 2010, the court had framed charges against Gawli and other accused under MCOCA, sections 302 (murder), 34 (common intention) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Gawli and others had pleaded innocence.

There are other cases of extortion pending against Gawli.

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