Pune: In a shocking incident, which puts a question mark over the security in Pune district court premises in Shivajinagar, a 63-year-old lawyer was allegedly threatened by an ex-corporator inside the courtroom and then thrashed before the corporator attempted to kidnap him at gunpoint on Wednesday. The lawyer was cross-examining the corporator in a civil case about land purchase.
Based on a complaint by advocate Rajendra Dattatray Vitankar, a resident of Karve Nagar, an FIR has been registered with Shivajinagar police station against ex-corporator Kailash Gaikwad of Aundh and his four accomplices. Police have slapped 11 charges against them including that of dacoity and abduction.
According to police, Vitankar has been arguing the case on behalf of petitioner Sunil Mohol against Namdev Mohol. The case is about purchase of land in Mutha village in Mulshi. Gaikwad is also party to the case. On Wednesday, Vitankar was cross-examining Gaikwad in the court of MS Bhadane.
“I asked him questions like who was the owner of the land, which documents he had checked before buying the land, etc. Gaikwad got enraged and threatened me of dire consequences while standing in the witness box. He told me whether I know about his antecedents. He threatened to ‘see me’ once I am out of court,” Vitankar told police.
Around 12.45 pm, when he came out of the courtroom, Gaikwad and his four accomplices allegedly caught him by the collar and dragged him out of the premises via heavily guarded gate no 3. “They abused and started beating me. My glasses fell on the ground and got broken. I sustained injuries on my face and eyes. Meanwhile, Gaikwad whisked out a revolver and threatened to kill me. His accomplices snatched away Rs 15,000 kept in my wallet. They were dragging me inside their vehicle in an attempt to kidnap me, but when other lawyers and people gathered there, the accused fled, Vitankar further said.
‘Dont fight Gaikwad’s case’
Pune Bar Association condemned the incident and passed a resolution urging lawyers from the district not to fight case of accused ex-corporator Gaikwad.