A Pune court on Tuesday sentenced a 47-year-old man to death for the murder of four family members in the Kalyaninagar region in 1997. Bhagwat Kale, his wife Geeta and his cousin Sahebrao Kale were charged with entering in Ramesh’s house. Patil on May 15 of the same year, killing him, his wife, his teenage daughter and his minor son and looting money and valuables worth Rs 50 lakh, all of which were recovered plus late.
Bhagwat and Sahebrao worked at the construction site where the Patils moved in, while Geeta joined them as a housekeeper at their home, police said.
Sentencing Bhagwat to death, said judge of the additional sessions BP Kshirsagar. The conscience of society is shocked by such a brutal and barbaric act. We have to send a dissuasive message. Society expects the same. The accused committing such a barbaric act is a threat to the harmony of society. Therefore, the accused deserves the death penalty. ” Additional prosecutor Rajesh Kavediya said that after the three men were arrested in 1998, Bhagwat and Sahebrao managed to escape from Yerwada prison.
Sahebrao was detained a few months later but Bhagwat could not be found. In 2004, Sahebrao and Geeta were convicted in this case, the latter being sentenced to life imprisonment because she was pregnant in prison at the time. Sahebrao was sentenced to death, which was commuted to life imprisonment by the High Court, ” Kavediya said.
However, Sahebrao and Geeta subsequently filed a petition in court declaring that they were minors at the time of the crime, which was confirmed and both cleared, the APP said.
Bhagwat took place in 2013 and his trial resumed, which encountered obstacles as some witnesses as well as the investigator had died. Despite such obstacles, we were able to ensure that he is convicted and sentenced to death today, ” Kavediya said.
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