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Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam took up the 1993 blasts case as a
challenge to deliver justice to the victims and prove his mettle. It culminated in a
historic trial, the world\u2019s biggest and longest, which he says was a turning point in
his life. But speaking exclusively to Sudhir Suryawanshi and Santosh Andhale,
Nikam dropped a bombshell saying he will give up legal practice in two years
My wife, to congratulate me. She was quite emotional. She was relieved that I was able to
ensure justice for the blasts victims after 13 years of hard work. In fact, throughout the trial
I used to get letters and phone calls every day from people appreciating me for presenting
the case with confidence and without fear.
No. But on the last day of the trial, when police were taking Dutt to Arthur Road jail, he told
me, \u201cNikamsaheb, police ko bolo, mujhe khecho mat (Mr Nikam, please instruct the
policemen not to drag me unceremoniously)\u201d. His eyes were full of tears.
Yes. It is an okay film. Frankly, Munnabhai MBBS was better. It was a wonderful comedy
film, which even had a social message for the people. I like Dutt as an actor but it does not
mean he will go scot-free after committing a heinous crime.
Will the Supreme Court grant bail to Dutt?
It is totally up to the apex court.
What did you feel when the trial ended?
Relief. After 13 years of hard work, great relief. I took up this case as a challenge. Since I
am from Jalgaon, a small town, many people described me as a village guy and predicted
that I would not be able to fight such a complex case involving gangsters and other
underworld characters of Mumbai.
On the first day of the trial, when I came to file the chargesheet, at least 100 mediapersons were waiting at the special TADA court in Mumbai. I felt like the prime minister of India. It was an experience that I can never forget. Never had I seen so many journalists coming to cover a case I was fighting. I felt proud to be handling such an important trial.
years. I have ensured punishment for several criminals and justice to victims. I am satisfied with my work but now I feel like changing to another totally different field where I can work for the larger interest of the people.
I cannot afford a flat in Mumbai. Considering the length of the blasts trial, the government
should have provided me a flat in Mumbai. They have a quota for sportspersons, journalists,
artists and those who have made an exceptional contribution to the state. I have won many
court cases. I deserve a flat from the government, but it is up to them.
Fortunately, I have a mature and understanding family. My wife and two children never
complained. Therefore, I was able to devote my time to study court cases and ensure
justice to people. I missed my children a lot in the last 25 years. I feel bad that I could not
give enough time to them. Every week, I try to spend at least one day with them.
The constant travelling has, however, affected my health. I suffer from an upset stomach
frequently due to eating outside food. Hence, for the past 4-5 years I have been carrying
homemade wheat flour, which I give to cooks in the hotels I stay in to prepare rotis for me.
I love green vegetables and seafood.
I generally get up at 4 am, exercise till 6 and then study cases, brief police officers, take
notes and prepare for cases till 10 am. I am in court from 11 am to 5 pm. Between 5 and 7
pm, I read newspapers and watch TV to keep myself updated on current affairs. I am in bed
at 10.30 pm. I do not attend late night parties.
I was special public prosecutor in the trial of exconstable Sunil More who was accused of
rape, the Kothewadi Khatla case (in which an entire village was robbed) in Ahmednagar
district, three women who used children for begging and then murdered them in Kolhapur
district, Rathi family murder case in Pune, Amruta Deshpande murder case in Sangli.
Mumbai\u2019s former joint commissioner of police M N Singh, who believed in my ability and
called me from Jalgaon to take up this case, my security guards who travelled with me day
and night without giving me any reason to complain and my family.
I feel very proud that a person from a village could rise to the occasion and handle such a big case. I was born and brought up in a village, and always desired to showcase my skills on a bigger platform. This case has made me world famous.
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