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Pansare murder suspect walks free from Kalamba Jail after 20 months

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Kolhapur | Monday, Jun 19 2017 IST
 
After spending nearly one year and nine months in a magisterial custody of District Central Jail at Kalamba, Sameer Gaikwad, a member of Hindu right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha and a prime accused in senior Communist Party of India leader Govind Pansare murder case, was released from thejail this evening after district and sessions court here granted him conditional bail.According to his defence lawyer advocate Sameer Patwardhan, after submitting all necessary papers, solvency sureties and a bond of Rs 25,000 to the district jail authority this morning, the suspect, who was arrested on September 16, 2015 in connection of the murder, was finally released from the jail at 1705 hoursthis evening.After his release from the jail, Gaikwad left for his home in neighbouring Sangli district with his lawyers -- MrPatwardhan, Virendra Ichalkaranjikar and Anand Deshpande -- by a car.A huge crowd of people had gathered on the road near the central jail, while a posse of mediapersons were busy in recording the statements of bystanders and clicking pictures of the suspect following his release from the jail. On Saturday last, Additional Sessions Judge LD Bile granted conditional bail to accused Gaikwad, as the courtaccepted the defence lawyer's a series of arguments about the delay in the probe and statements of investigation department in the court. Also, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of city police could not produce any strong evidences that indicated accused's involvement in the murder. Meanwhile, public prosecutor Shivajirao Rane said he will challenge against the bail order in the Bombay High Court in a couple of days. The family members of late Pansare have also decided to file a separate appeal in the High Court against the bail order.UNI SSS SS SM SNU 2314

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