A Mumbai special court today sentenced gangster-turned-politican Arun Gawli to life sentence for the 2007 killing of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar.
According to special public prosecutor Raja Thakre, 11 others accused in the murder had also been given life sentences.
On August 24, the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court had convicted Gawli and 11 others for Jamsandekar's murder.
Jamsandekar was shot dead in 2007 at his Asalpha residence in suburban Ghatkopar. Gawli was arrested on May 21, 2008 and has been in custody since then.
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 Indian Penal Code (IPC).
According to police, the contract of killing Jamsandekar was allegedly given by accused Sahebrao Bhintade and Bala Surve, who were reportedly his (Jamsandekar's) rivals in construction business and local politics.
The crime branch had said that the other reason why Jamsandekar was executed was that Bintade and Surve were eyeing a plot at Saki Naka in suburban Mumbai and Jamsandekar reportedly "refused to cooperate".
Prosecution said Jamsandekar was murdered at the behest of Gawli, who had, along with the co-accused, conspired to execute him.
The charge sheet said that a sum of Rs 30 lakh was paid to the Gawli gang for the job. The trial had commenced from October 2010.