The court of Additional Sessions Judge D R Mahajan on Wednesday sentenced 86-year-old former police inspector Sadanand Kadam to life imprisonment for murdering his 57-year-old friend over a land dispute in 2004. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on the convict. Kadam is second octogenarian to get a life term after 81-year-old Mohiniraj Kulkarni.
This was Kadam’s second conviction after he was sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment in 2001 for accepting a bribe from a commercial sex worker in the late 1980s when he was attached to Faraskhana police station. He was also suspended since his involvement in the case.
Days before the murder, Kadam had moved the High Court against his conviction in the bribery case and was released on bail.
On February 10, 2004, Kadam had shot dead his neighbour-cum-friend Anand Baburao Danke, a resident of Anandnagar on Sinhagad Road, at the deceased’s home. Danke, who was a lawyer, had purchased a common plot along with Kadam. Later, their relation soured after differences cropped up over constructing a boundary wall on the piece of land.
On the day of murder, Kadam and his daughter had gone to Danke’s house to sort out the issue. However, an argument ensued between and Kadam opened fire. Danke was rushed to Sassoon hospital but was died during the course of treatment.
District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar examined 10 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused. Pawar said, “Danke’s son Vishwajit (31) had lodged a complaint of murder and house trespass against Kadam. Kadam had lodged a cross-complaint against Vishwajit. Kadam had stated, in his complaint, that he had opened fire in self-defence as Danke and his son assaulted him.” Adv Girish Shinde assisted Pawar in the case.
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