Bombay HC upholds Arun Gawli's life imprisonment sentence

The Special Court had also sentenced nine others to life terms except one Sunil Ghate, who was given three years imprisonment under the Arms Act

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On Monday, the Bombay High Court has confirmed the life imprisonment handed to mafia don Arun Gawli under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) by a trial court in 2012 for the murder of a Shiv Sena municipal corporator.

The sentence for Gawli, who is a former MLA, along with some other associates involved in the crime, was confirmed by a division bench comprising of Justice B.P. Dharmadhikari and Justice Swapna Joshi. 

The Background story

In an operation, some assailants sent by Gawli had barged into the Ghatkopar home of Shiv Sena corporator, Kamlakar Jamsandekar in March 2008 and had shot him dead. After which, in the next two months, Gawli who had allegedly taken the contract to kill Jamsandekar was arrested and a Special Court handed him a life sentence in 2012, which has now been confirmed by the Bombay High Court.

Earlier, the Special MCOCA Court, while pronouncing the life sentence on Gawli, had also slapped a fine of ₹17 lakh on him, and upon failure to pay, he would have to face another three-year jail term.

The Special Court had also sentenced nine others to life terms except for one Sunil Ghate, who was given three years imprisonment under the Arms Act. The mafia don has been imprisoned since then and is currently lodged in Nagpur Central Jail.

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