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Suresh Bhagat Murder Case Judgement

Suresh Bhagat Murder Case Judgement

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Sessions Court, Mumbai awarded life imprisonment to all six accused convicted in the murder case of matka-king Suresh Bhagat. Among the accused are Bhagat's wife and son. According to the prosecution, the motive behind the murder was Bhagat's wife Jaya and son Hitesh's intention to usurp his property and take over his multi-crore gambling business.

Bhagat, along with five others, was killed, in pursuance to a conspiracy, on Alibaug-Pen road on June 13, 2008, when a truck collided with his Scorpio. Later, police found that the accident had been orchestrated by his wife and others, for taking over the matka business, and they had hired Suhas Roge to do the job. Mumbai Crime Branch arrested Suhas Roge, Harish Mandvekar, Kiran Amle, Shaikh Azimuddin, Pravin Shetty, Jaya Bhagat, Hitesh Bhagat and Kiran Pujari; however Pujari and Azimuddin were granted pardon as they turned approver. The rest were convicted. The prosecution had argued that the accused should be given capital punishment as the case falls under 'rarest of the rare' category. However, the Court observed that though six innocent persons were killed in the orchestrated accident (apart from Bhagat), it was not a rarest of the rare case and "life imprisonment would meet the ends of the justice". Although the conspiracy aimed at eliminating only Bhagat, the intention of killing the co-passengers must be attributed to the accused, the court said
Sessions Court, Mumbai awarded life imprisonment to all six accused convicted in the murder case of matka-king Suresh Bhagat. Among the accused are Bhagat's wife and son. According to the prosecution, the motive behind the murder was Bhagat's wife Jaya and son Hitesh's intention to usurp his property and take over his multi-crore gambling business.

Bhagat, along with five others, was killed, in pursuance to a conspiracy, on Alibaug-Pen road on June 13, 2008, when a truck collided with his Scorpio. Later, police found that the accident had been orchestrated by his wife and others, for taking over the matka business, and they had hired Suhas Roge to do the job. Mumbai Crime Branch arrested Suhas Roge, Harish Mandvekar, Kiran Amle, Shaikh Azimuddin, Pravin Shetty, Jaya Bhagat, Hitesh Bhagat and Kiran Pujari; however Pujari and Azimuddin were granted pardon as they turned approver. The rest were convicted. The prosecution had argued that the accused should be given capital punishment as the case falls under 'rarest of the rare' category. However, the Court observed that though six innocent persons were killed in the orchestrated accident (apart from Bhagat), it was not a rarest of the rare case and "life imprisonment would meet the ends of the justice". Although the conspiracy aimed at eliminating only Bhagat, the intention of killing the co-passengers must be attributed to the accused, the court said

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that immediately after the incident, he reached the spot and took the

photographs  (Exh.620)  and  also  subsequently  prepared  the  CD

(Exh.619). P.W.49 photographer Mahesh Musale submitted that as

per the direction of investigation officer G.C. Hiremath, he obtained

20 photographs (Exh.589 colly.) and thereby, obtained the payment of

Rs.500/- vide receipt (Exh.587). The testimony in respect of the

photographs clubbed with the testimony of P.W.49 and P.W.54 is

corroborate  to  each  other  and  thereby,  prosecution  proved  the

photographs which are filed on record. The photographs which were

filed  on  record,  were  admitted  by  the  defence  in  their  cross

examination. Thereby, there is no reason to disbelieve the evidence

filed on record by the prosecution.

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