Matka King murder accused moves HC for transfer of case
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 22:27
Mumbai: The murder case of Matka king Suresh Bhagat has taken a new turn with one of the accused moving the Bombay High Court saying the sessions court here had no jurisdiction to try him as the crime was committed in nearby Raigad district.

Harish Mandvikar, facing charges of taking contract money of Rs three lakh to murder Bhagat from the victim's wife Hema and son Hitesh, filed a petition saying Alibaug sessions court (and not Bombay Sessions court) had the jurisdiction to try him.

In June 2008, seven persons, including Bhagat, were killed after a truck rammed into their Mahindra Scorpio on a deserted spot near Shahabaj village of Raigad district.

As Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act was applied in this case, the matter was being tried by a special MCOCA court in Mumbai. Later, MCOCA was dropped and the case was transferred to a Sessions Court in Mumbai.

The petitioner's lawyer Sayaji Nangre said the special court had erred in transferring the case to Sessions Court in Mumbai.

It should have transferred the case to Alibaug sessions court as the matka king was murdered in Raigad district, he said. Lawyer Sayaji Nangre said the petition had raised an important question of law for the consideration of the High Court and prayed for transfer of case from Bombay Sessions Court to Alibaug Sessions Court.

Government pleader made a statement in the High Court today saying the state was planning to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the order of the special court dropping provisions of MCOCA in this case.

The state would also challenge the High Court order confirming dropping of MCOCA charges, he said.

Justice B R Gavai adjourned the case for six weeks.


First Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010, 22:27

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