Bombay HC fixes deadline to trace convict who jumped parole
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 19:20
  
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has set a two-week deadline for the police to arrest an absconding convict facing life sentence for the murder of veteran trade union leader Datta Samant.

Justices B H Marlapalle and Mridula Bhatkar asked the police to take immediate steps to arrest Vijay Thopte, who jumped parole in February 2005, by April 19.

Public prosecutor Pradeep Hingorani informed the court that special investigating teams had put in their best efforts to trace Thopte but did not succeed.

The court was hearing appeals filed by Thopte and another convict Ganpat Bamne challenging the sentence awarded to them by a sessions court in 2000.

On July 25, 2000, the trial court awarded life term to Thopte, Bamne and Arun Londhe for killing Samant on January 16, 1997 at Powai in Mumbai. Londhe died in jail.

Bamne's counsel Sayaji Nangre appealed to the court to separate Bamne's appeal from that of Thopte's. He said Bamne had been in prison since his arrest on February 20, 1997. If Thopte was not found then Bamne would continue to languish in jail without his appeal being heard.

However, the judges observed that it would not be wise to separate the appeals of Bamne and Thopte, considering that the trial court had examined 73 witnesses and there were a bulk of documents to be taken into account.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 19:20


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