Pune: After pronouncing Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation driver Santosh Mane guilty for mowing down nine people in a road rage incident in 2012, a sessions court on Monday has sentenced death to him.
On February 3, 2012, Mane hijacked a bus and went berserk driving on the wrong side and rammed into several vehicles injuring more than 30 people.
Mane was convicted under Sections 302, 307, 324, 427, 381 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for murder, attempt to murder, damage to public property and theft.
The prosecution had filed a 270-page chargesheet against Mane and examined 39 witnesses to establish that the driver was "stable and conscious" and not "insane" at the time of the incident.
The defence had produced two witnesses, including a psychiatrist and a chemist from Solapur, his hometown, to show that he was mentally unstable.
A large number of relatives of those killed in the gruesome incident were present in the court room. Mane`s face remained devoid of any emotion when he was pronounced guilty.
(With Inputs From PTI)