|2014-03-08||Bail granted to ex-Ulhasnagar MLA Kalani in murder|
The Bombay high court on Friday granted bail to former Ulhasnagar MLA Suresh (Pappu) Kalani in an appeal filed by him against conviction in a 15-year-old murder case, despite opposition by Maharashtra government.
The bail was granted by a bench headed by Justice Naresh Patil, who asked Kalani to furnish a surety of `1 lakh and report to Kalyan police once in a fortnight. Kalani was restrained from entering Ulhasnagar town.
Kalani (65) and three others were found guilty by a Thane court on November 29 last year and given life sentence for the murder of BJP worker Inder Bhatija in 1999.
Special public prosecutor Vikas Patil opposed Kalaniís bail saying he had created terror in Ulhasnagar town. Kalani was allegedly involved in many crimes even after the Supreme Court granted him bail during the trial in the case, he stated. This only showed that he has disregard for judiciary and acted on his own whims and fancies, the prosecutor argued.
Kalaniís lawyer Niteen Pradhan submitted that there was no direct evidence to show Kalaniís role in Inder Bhatijaís murder. Moreover, two major witnesses, the father and the wife of the deceased, had turned hostile, he said. Inderís brother, Ghanash-yam, was earlier murdered on February 27, 1990.
|2014-03-07||HC grants bail to Ulhasnagar strongman Pappu Kalan|
MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Friday granted bail to former Ulhasnagar MLA Pappu Kalani in the appeal filed by him against his conviction for life in the killing of BJP activis Inder Bathija.
A division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai directed him to pay Rs 1 lakh surety, not to enter Ulhasnagar and to report to Kalyan City Police Station once a fortnight.
Kalani's advocate Nitin Pradhan argued that there is no evidence directly linking his client with the murder and that witnessed have turned hostile. He also submitted that Kalani was out on bail during trial and there was no allegation that he interfered in its smooth process.
Special public prosecutor Vikas Patil with prosecutor Hitendra Dedhia argued that Kalani has disobeyed conditions of bail in the past and committed many offences. They said is also facing trial in a Kalyan court for the killing of Bathija's brother Ghanshyam. "If released on bail, fair trial will not be there," said Patil.
Kalani and three others were sentenced on December 3, 2013 for the 1990 killing of Bhathija two months after his brother Ghanshyam was gunned down. HC has admitted Kalani's appeal.
|2014-03-06||NCP corporator held for taking bribe|
ULHASNAGAR: Prithvi Valecha, 75, a Nationalist Congress Party corporator of the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation was arrested for taking bribe to allow the complainant to construct an illegal room in his barrack.
The Thane ACB laid a trap and caught Prithvi Valecha from his Ulhasnagar office on Thursday afternoon while he was accepting the first instalment of Rs 25,000. According to the ACB, the complainant was asked to pay Rs 60,000 but the bribe amount was finally scaled down to Rs 35,000.
Valecha is the second NCP corporator to be held for taking a bribe. On Wednesday, the Thane ACB arrested Vandana Chakre, corporator of Mira- Bhayandar Municipal Corporation, her son Amol and his friend Ramkumar Roy for taking bribe of Rs 2 lakh.