Judge slams cops for delaying trials

Oct 16, 2013, 02:33 IST | Salil Urunkar

Additional Sessions and District Judge VK Shewale yesterday flayed the police for delaying the trials by producing the accused/convicts before the court after the appointed time of 11am.

Shewale also warned that cops would have to bear the ‘delaying cost’ followed by the ‘contempt of court’ action. Shewale took serious cognisance of such misconduct by police after bus driver Santosh Mane — who was sentenced to death in April for killing 9 people at Swargate — was produced in court around noon.

Santosh Mane

Mane’s case was referred back to Pune’s Sessions Court by Bombay High Court recently for recording his statement regarding the conviction and quantum of punishment. 

Shewale also maintained that such ‘trial delaying practices’ would be brought to the notice of the high court, DG (Prison) and state home department. District Government Pleader Ujjwala Pawar told the court that the jail authorities would be informed about the courts instructions for future trials.

On January 25, 2012, Mane, a driver employed by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) had stolen a bus from the MSRTC Swargate depot and mowed down nine people and injured 37 others with his reckless driving.

Question Hour
What the judge asked Santosh Mane:

> When were you awarded the punishment?
> Which jail were you kept in?
> Were you alone in the cell or with others?
> Did you have breakfast?
> Who visited you while you were in jail?
> Which hospital were you treated at?
> How many medicines did you take?
> How did you feel when you received the sentence? 

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