Man gets 7-year Rigorous Imprisonment for raping minor girl

A court here in Maharashtra has awarded seven years’ rigorous imprisonment to a 31-year-old man for raping a minor girl in 2013.

District Judge P P Jadhav in his order last week also imposed a fine of Rs 32,000 on the accused, Manish alias Mashal Gangaram Shinge, a resident of Waghbil area here.

According to the prosecution, the accused, who was already married and had two children, developed friendship with the 16-year-old student, who also resided in the same locality.

He used to call the victim and also visit her house to which her parents objected.

On March 29, 2013, when the girl was returning home along with her sister, the accused snatched her mobile phone and forcibly took her on his two-wheeler to a secluded place where he raped her.

He also threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone.

Later, a friend of the accused dropped the girl home.

Based on a complaint filed by the girl’s parents, the accused was arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 376 (rape), 366-A (procuration of minor girl), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 392 (robbery), and provisions of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The defence counsel urged for leniency, saying the accused was married and had two small children.

However, the prosecution sought maximum punishment for the accused, saying the offence was “very serious”.

The prosecutor said the accused, despite knowing that the victim was minor, sexually assaulted her.

After hearing both the sides, the judge pronounced Shinge guilty and awarded him the punishment.

Man gets 2-year Rigorous imprisonment each in three cases of power theft

A Thane court has sentenced a 45-year-old businessman, running three engineering units in the Mumbra township here, to two years of rigorous imprisonment each in three cases of power theft.

Additional Sessions Judge P P Jadhav awarded Raju Shirwadkar two years jail term each in three different orders, pertaining to three cases of power theft filed against the accused.

The court imposed a fine of Rs 15.3 lakh, stipulating that Rs 10.18 lakh out of it be paid to the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB).

Additional Public Prosecutor Vivek G Kadu told the court that Shirwadkar ran three engineering units at Uttarshiv in Mumbra.

The MSEB officials conducted surprise checks at the three units on December 5, 2005 and found that the electricity meters installed there had been tampered, the prosecutor said.

After checking the meters, the officials ascertained that there was a theft of electricity worth Rs 10.16 lakh in the three units.

Shirwadkar was tried for offences punishable under various provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003.

The accused told the court that he was the only earning member in his family, and that his aged mother and physically challenged sister were dependent on him.

Therefore, he urged the court not to imprison him, but rather punish him with a fine double the theft amount.

The judge observed that considering all the facts and evidence on record, it was clear that the accused had tampered the meters and was remote controlling the circuits installed inside them.

The power theft was detected in all the three engineering units, where inspections were conducted on the same day, the court noted.

In all the three cases, the accused is held guilty and certainly, there is a huge theft of power, the judge observed.

Considering all these facts, this is not a case for imposing the fine only, he said.

The accused deserves to be punished with a sentence of imprisonment and fine, the judge said in his order on March 23.

Auto rickshaw driver got rigorous imprisonment for molesting minor girls

A Thane court has sentenced two men to four years’ rigorous imprisonment for molesting two minor girls residing in their neighbourhood.

Additional Sessions Judge Sangita C Khalipe awarded the punishment to Shyam Hitendra Chavan (36), an auto-rickshaw driver, and Pradeep Gaikwad (28), a labourer. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 each on them.

According to the prosecution, the two girls, aged 9 and 5, were playing near their respective houses at Sathe Nagar in Wagle Estate area of the city on April 7 last year.

The accused, with whom the girls were familiar as they lived in the same area, arrived there in an auto-rickshaw, picked up the victims and took them to an isolated location where they molested them. The accused later dropped the girls back at their homes, the prosecution said.

Later, the minors informed about the incident to their parents, who lodged a complaint with the local police following which the two accused were arrested.

They were booked under IPC sections 354 (molestation) and 363 (kidnapping), and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Judge Khalipe rejected the submission of the defence counsels.

She observed that the prosecution proved the accused forcibly took the two girls in the auto-rickshaw with an intention to kidnap them while they were playing.

They lured the girls with an offer of ice creams and molested them, the judge said.

“Considering the nature of the offence, I do not find any mitigating circumstance for a lenient view,” she said in her order last week.

Four men get 20-year RI for gangraping woman

Four men get 20-year RI for gangraping woman
Four men get 20-year RI for gangraping woman

Four persons were today sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment by a local court for the gangrape of a woman in the city in 2013.

The court of District and Sessions Judge A I Sheikh sentenced Samir Hussain Sheikh, Md Sharif Badshah, Kabir Sheikh and Imtiyaz Ali Sheikh after considering a set of evidences, including FSL reports of semen and their body abrasions, as well as examination of 17 witnesses.

The woman was gangraped in the afternoon of November 29, 2013, at her house in Vatva locality here when her husband was away. The culprits were known to the woman and resided in the same area.

The gangrape was committed in front of victim’s 10-year- old daughter, who was considered as an additional witness by the court though her statement was not taken.

The court also considered medical evidences such as the FSL report of semen sample matching with that of the accused, and medical examination of the accused which showed abrasions on their bodies.

While delivering the sentence, the court also took into account the fact that the FIR was filed immediately after the incident.

( Source – PTI )


Man sentenced for possession of narcotic drug

Man sentenced  for possession of narcotic drug
Man sentenced for possession of narcotic drug

A man has been sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of a narcotic drug.

A local court of Pathankot (Pubjab) also slapped a fine of Rs one lakh on the convict, Puneet Mahajan, in its order pronounced yesterday.

J P Bains, public prosecutor, said that Mahajan was apprehended by police here for possessing 750 grams of Dextroprpoxyphene Hydrochloride, an opioid, in February 2011.

He was booked under various sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

During the trial, Mahajan jumped bail and was later declared a proclaimed offender. He was re-arrested on August 1 this year.

Man gets 10-yrs jail for raping Air Force staffer’s wife

bbA 55-year-old man has been awarded 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court for raping and pouring hazardous “chemical” on the private parts of the wife of an Air Force staffer.

The convict, who was friendly with the 40-year-old victim’s husband, committed the heinous offence at her residence.

Additional Sessions Judge MC Gupta handed the jail term to Narayan, an agriculturist by profession and a resident of Bhalswa Dairy here, for the offence of rape and causing hurt to the woman by means of poison or corrosive substance.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Narayan.

It also noted that the victim had made a “futile attempt” to conceal the fact of her rape by changing her statement before court.

“A conjoint reading of the said dependable part of the testimony of the prosecutrix (woman) so established on record, coupled with the DNA report… Clearly indicates that sexual intercourse activity has taken place in the case and it was none else but accused Narayan who has performed the act of sexual intercourse with the woman against her will.

“Prosecutrix has made a futile attempt to conceal the same,” the judge said.

According to the prosecution, the incident took place in the afternoon of September 10, 2012, when Narayan went to the woman’s house in the absence of her husband, who was posted in Mumbai, on the pretext of buying their motorcycle.

When the woman brought water for her, he caught hold of her and raped her and also poured some unknown chemical on her private parts due to which she felt pain and a burning sensation, it was alleged.

The woman, a mother of four children of whom two are in Army, narrated the incident to the doctors at a hospital following which police was notified and Narayan arrested.

The woman, however, changed her statement in court saying Narayan had come to her house and after some time left the premises. Later, she had felt giddy and went to sleep. When she awoke, she felt a burning sensation in her private parts and went to a nearby hospital, she said, adding that she does not know why the police was called

During the trial, Narayan claimed that he was innocent and was falsely implicated in the case.

(Source: PTI)

Man given seven-yr RI for abduction, rape of minor

Man who has abducted and raped a minor girl in 2007, the family of the 25-year-old accused Santosh Bhausaheb Pawar had immediately sprung into damage control mode.

In exchange for withdrawing the case, the victim was given the offer of marrying the same man who raped her. He had also offered to transfer three acres of land he owned in her name. However, the victim’s refusal to budge has landed Pawar in jail for seven years.

Principal District and Sessions Judge A I S Cheema found Pawar guilty of abducting and raping the 15-year-old girl and keeping her captive in a farm for three days after the act. Judge Cheema on Tuesday sentenced Pawar to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and directed him to pay a fine of Rs 25,000.

Both Pawar and the girl are residents of Bhambarde village of Shirur taluka and knew each other. On April 3, 2007 the victim and her friend had ventured into the village where they met Pawar. When they were returning home a few hours later, the victim’s uncle Dyaneshwar Mhaske had spotted the girls and offered to drop them home on his motorbike.

While her friend agreed, the victim refused her uncle’s offer. Meanwhile, Pawar also arrived at the spot on his motorbike and offered a lift to the victim and she agreed.

However, instead of dropping her home, Pawar took her to the Chaskaman canal and raped her in one of the cement pipes lying at the bank. He then forcibly took her to a nearby farm and confined her there, threatening to hurt her and her family members if she protested.

For three days the victim was held at the farm, with Pawar making frequent visits to the place before she found her way home on April 6. Her family had meanwhile lodged a missing person’s complaint and after her father Bhausaheb Shivram Mhaske learnt of the rape, filed a complaint of rape, abduction, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation.

“The accused had alleged that the girl had consented to the act, but as she was below 16 years of age, he is liable to be imprisoned after being found guilty,” according to the Additional Public Prosecutor Hira Bari.

“That the family of the accused made an offer of marriage and land reflects a guilty conscience and an attempt to tamper with evidence. This was accepted as a valid argument by the court,” added Bari who had examined eight witnesses during the trial.

2 sentenced to 5-yr imprisonment for cheating bank

Two brothers has been sentenced by the local court to five years’ rigorous imprisonment for cheating a bank of Rs 1.33 crores here in Thane.

The court of  Thane Additional Sessions Judge U B Shukla held brothers – Rajiv Hariram Chimnani and Sanjay Hariram Chimnani – guilty under sections 420 and 471 of the IPC and sentenced them to five years’ rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 25,000 each, failing which they will have to undergo another three months’ imprisonment.

The duo was found guilty of cheating the Syndicate Bank from Vashi of Rs 1.33 crores.

In the cheating racket that went on for about six years from 2003, there were a total of 11 accused, of whom only three were arrested. The eight others have been absconding since the beginning of the case.

The court tried the three arrested accused and found two of them guilty while the third person was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Additional public prosecutor P D Lahane told the court that the accused had indulged in fraudulent means and duped the bank to the tune of Rs 1,33,48,000 between 2003 and 2009.

The others accused in the case are – Surendra Singh Surjitsingh Barar, Kishore Hariram Chimnani, Poonam Rajiv Chimnani, Akansha Suresh Sanhita, Hemant Chadda, Harmesh Digpal, Vasim Ansari, and Sunil Shitaldas Kesvani.

He said the accused had made use of fake documents with the help of fabricated seals and produced the documents as original in the bank at Vashi township of Navi Mumbai and obtained loans ranging from Rs 2 to 26.78 lakhs.

They had also got the fake franking seal of government stamp duty done and made use of the same to authenticate the fabricated documents and thus cheated the government too, the prosecution told the court.

Man sentenced 10 years of RI in 2-year-old rape case

In Kalawari Mustkaham village a man who has raped a 2 years girl has been awarded 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by a local court.

Additional District and Sessions Judge I D Dubey held Guddu responsible for raping a woman on January 23, 2010, in Kalawari Mustkaham village and awarded him ten years of rigorous imprisonment.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on the accused.

HC acquits retd Brig, wife from running brothel

Observing that there were contradictions in the prosecution evidence, the Bombay High Court has acquitted a retired Army Brigadier and his wife from the charges of running a brothel in the garb of a massage parlour in Pune.

The judgement was delivered recently by Justice P D Kode, who observed that there was no merit in the appeal filed by the State Government against the order of a Sessions Court acquitting the duo.

Retired Brigadier Upkarsing Samshersing Arora, (72), and his wife Manjeet Kaur, 20 years younger to him and working as a teacher with Kendriya Vidyalaya School in Pune, were found guilty under Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act by Judicial Magistrate First Class on June 15, 1996.

Both of them were sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment with Rs 1,000 fine. However, on March 13, 1997, the Sessions Court, while hearing an appeal against the judgement, reversed the finding of guilt for commission of such offences by the duo.

Being aggrieved, the State government filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court against the order of the Sessions Court acquitting the duo. This appeal was dismissed recently. The High Court, on hearing both the sides, agreed with the sessions court order that the prosecution evidence was full of variance of contradictions.

The judge opined that in not establishing guilt of respondents beyond the failure of doubt was apparently correct as stated by the lower court and was also based upon proper appreciation of the evidence.

“In the said circumstances, it is difficult to accept the government submission that the appellate court had not properly appreciated the prosecution evidence and without cogent reasons altered the judgement and order of conviction passed by the trial court”, Justice Kode observed.

“As a matter of fact, the perusal of the judgement reveals cogent reasons recorded by the appellate court in reversing the finding and setting aside the conviction not warranted upon the prosecution evidence and erroneously arrived at by the trial court,” the judge remarked.

Contradictions in the prosecution’s case pointed out by defence lawyer Mukhtar Khan resulted in the acquittal of the duo.