Santosh Mane is mentally stable, doctors tell court

Mane has been advised by the doctors’ team to continue medicines for the next two weeks. The driver had been sentenced to death by sessions judge V K Shewale, after he went on a rampage last year in a stolen bus in the heart of the city, killing nine people and injuring over 30 others.

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Mane had then appealed to the Bombay high court against Pune session court’s judgment. Allowing Mane’s plea, the high court asked the sessions court to record his statement before delivering the final judgment, as is required by the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Mane was produced before the sessions court when his counsel Dhananjay Mane moved an application to conduct a medical test on him for verifying whether he was fit for recording the statement.

A team of four experts comprising Dr V R Bhailume, Dr M R Bahale, Dr P S Ghorpade and Dr H U Pendse submitted its report on Mane’s condition to the court on Monday. “Mane does not seem to be a mentally-ill person,” the experts have concluded in the report.

Meanwhile, sessions judge V K Shewale asked a few questions to Santosh Mane during the hearing on Monday, which Mane answered mostly in the negative.

“Two doctors had checked me and I am taking four medicines every day. I don’t want to say anything more,” Santosh Mane told the court. The next hearing is on November 7. 

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