Posted On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 09:57:13 AM
After absconding for nearly 20 months, prime accused in the Nayana Pujari gangrape and murder case Yogesh Raut was produced before a special court for the first time on Monday, amid a heavy police bandobastm post his May 31 arrest.
Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Harshad Nimbalkar submitted an application to re-examine three out the 12 witnesses who had taken the stand in Raut’s absence.
The application under Section 311 of the CrPC, submitted before Special Judge Sadhana Shinde, asked for the presence of three witnesses to identify Raut in court. When defence lawyer B A Aloor was asked if he wants to cross-examine any of the 12 witnesses, he chose to reply at the next hearing, on July 9 and 10.
During the proceedings, the court allowed Raut, currently not represented, to discuss the case with Aloor for 30 minutes. Judge Shinde also asked Aloor to file a vakalat-nama, if he wants to represent Raut henceforth.
The prosecution is to hand over the list of witnesses to be recalled, which includes panch witnesses Pramod Rohidas Agarwal and Anil Laxman Sonavane, as well as Vijay Hanumant Nanavare who is friend of Raut’s.
Pujari, an employee of software company Synechron in Kharadi, was found raped and murdered in the Zarewadi forest area of Rajgurunagar in Khed, on October 8, 2010. Police had arrested Raut, Mahesh Thakur, Vishwas Kadam and Rajesh Chaudhary, who has turned approver in the case.
According to the prosecution, the accused entered into a conspiracy and abducted Pujari from a bus stop on Kharadi-Mundhwa bypass under the pretext of giving her lift to Hadapsar.
They forced her to reveal her debit card PIN and withdrew Rs 61,000 from ATMs at Khadki, Kalyaninagar and Vimannagar. After this, they gangraped and murdered her.