Khairlanji: Court Proceedings on 2nd July


The court assembles at 11.15a.m. on 2nd July. Witness Suresh Khandate is called again , examined by special public prosecutor Adv.Ujwal  Nikam

Adv.Nikam:What happened after Mukesh was killed?
Wit.:I heard the voice of Priyanka “ag aai ,meli ga”(OH Mother,i m killed)
Wit.:Ramu & Shatrughna were dragging Roshan’s dead body whereas Sakru & Jagdeesh Priyanka’s dead body .They put both these dead bodies near  the dead body of Surekha.
Adv.Nikam:What happened then?
Wit:Ramu & Prabhakar were shouting ”nobody must speak against us.If anybody speaks against us he or she will have to suffer the same fate like these 4 persons .
Adv.Nikam:4 Persons means who?
Wit:Those 4 killed persons.
Wit:After the incident there was a little drizzle of rain.
Adv.Nikam:When did the rain start?
Wit.:The rain started when they brought 4 dead bodies together & that
 was the time of evening at around 6 to 6.30p.m.
Adv.Nikam: Then?
Wit:After bringing together these 4 dead bodies, the accused persons
 went somewhere.
Wit:After some time they came back with a bullock cart.They dumped these 4 bodies into the cart which went into the direction of Kandri.
Adv.Nikam:Who dumped those dead bodies?
Wit:All those accused presons.
Adv.Nikam:Where the bulluck cart was going?
Wit:Towards Kandri.
Adv.Nikam:Who was driving the cart?
Wit:Jadeesh Mandelekar was driving the cart & Sakru,Prabhakar.&
 Shatrughna were walking behind the cart.
Adv.Nikam:What was the colour of the bullocks?
Wit:They were of red colour.
Adv.Nikam:Where did u hear Priyanka’s cry from?
Wit.:Priyanka’s cry was coming from the borewell.
wIT:I was standing on the road in front of my house.
Adv Nikam:Who killed PriyankA & by what means?
Wit:Shatrughna & Shishupal  killed her by cycle chains, Jagdeesh, Vishvanath, Ramu ,Sakru by sticks, Gopal & Prabhakar by the blows of hands & feet.
Adv.Nikam:Who killed Surekha & by what means?
Wit:Shatrughna & Shishupal  killed her by cycle chains, Jagdeesh , Vishvanath, Ramu ,Sakru by sticks, Gopal & Prabhakar by the blows of hands & feet
Adv,Nikam:Who killed Sudhir & by what means?
Wit:Shatrughna & Shishupal  killed her by cycle chains, Jagdeesh, Vishvanath, Ramu ,Sakru by sticks, Gopal & Prabhakar by the blows of hands & feet.
Adv.Nikam:Who killed Roshan & by what means?
Wit:Shatrughna & Shishupal killed her by cycle chains, Jagdeesh, Vishvanath, Ramu ,Sakru by sticks, Gopal & Prabhakar by the blows of hands & feet.

(Adv.Nikam ends his examination at 12.05 noon.Now,the Hon.Judge calls upon Adv.KHANDEWALE to cross the witness.But ADV.Khandewale declines since Adv.Sudeep Jaiswal is absent due to medical reasons.Following is the
 shorter version of the dilogue between Adv.Khandewale & Hon.Judge S.S. DAS.)

ADV.khandewale:Sir. I REQUEST the court to defer the proceedings till the next date i.e.upto 9’th JULY because Adv.Sudeep Jaiswal is not able to attnend the court due to Acute Gasroenteritis & Kidney stone.
Judge:But Adv.Khandewale, u can cross examine the witness,too.If adv.Jaiswal attends the next date,he can crooss-examine after u finish.
Adv.Khandewale:But Sir,from the beginning Adv.Jaiswal is in the leading & untill he starts cross-examination ,we r not able to move .
Judge:You are the senior lawyer & well experianced .u can also start & take the lead.U r also as equql as to Adv.Jaiswal.
Wit:Sir I fully apprecite the kind words of the court .But Adv.Jaiswal is first among the equqls within us.
Judge:I can not understand what is the difficulty if u start the cross-examination.
Adv.Khandewale:Sir,I ,Adv.Jaiswal & Adv.Bedarkar r defending the diferent accused .So,there will be conflict of interests if i start earlier.So i request the court to adjourn till the next date .For that i m ready to move an application.
Judge:You can file the application;but to grant it or not is the court’s discretion..

   (Adv.Khandewale writes an appliacation for the adjournment & submitts it to the Hon.Judge.).

Judge:Adv.Khandewale, by adjournment precious time of the court will be
 wasted because there is a lot of time today for the cross-examination.
Adv.Khandewale:Sir ,I fully understand the value of court’s time.But I again humbly  request the court to defer the proceeding.
Judge:Adv.Khandewale,u r not understanding my difficulty.I want to speed up the proceeding.I have to give time to other cases too.I must not be lagging behind in other cases .And  my impression about u that , by stalling the proceeding u want to get undue advantage over the prosecution.
Adv.Khandewale:Sir I m sorry if we r able to give such impressions.
Judge:Not only impression u urself at the last instance said so.So , I request u to start the cross-examianation.Please , proceed.
Adv.Khandewale:Sir, since since I m not prepared well for the cross-exanination, I request u to give us half hour’s time to prepare.
Judge:O.K.It is 12:45 now, the court will re-assemble at 1:15 P.M.

(The court adjourned till 1:15p.m.Out of the courtroom, the witness is interviwed by Atrocitynews Corrospondent (A.C.))
A.C.:u were the most fearless witness so far.And u gave direct
 answers to the questions asked by adav.Nikam.What prompted u to do that?
Wit.:Sir.WHAT i had seen, I only reported.nothing else.
A.C.:Have u received any threat from anybody?
wit:Not yet.But if I receive it, I will definitely tell u that.

(The court again re-assembles at 1:15p.m.The witness ,Suresh Khandate is standing in the witness box & Adv.Khandewale is now ready to cross-examine him.).

Adv.Khandewale:What do u do for living Suresh?
Wit:I m a farm labourer .
Adv.Khandewale:Do u have ur own land?
Adv.Khandewale:For whom u do ur work?
Wit:I do the work wherever the job is available.
Adv.Khandewale:Do u give ur services to some specific person?
Adv.Khandewale:What do u do when the work in the farm is not available?
Wit:I then do the work of soil(I tilt the land)
Adv.Khndewale:I assert that u also make the food in the big functions.
Adv.Khandewale:Do u live alone or with ur ur father?
Wit:My father lives separately.
Adv.khandewale:Ur father must be visiting  ur home sometimes?
Adv.Khandewale:Do u do ur work in Bhaiyyalal BHOTMANGE’S farm,too?
wIT:Yes, I also work there.
Adv.Khandewale:Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange’s house is in front of urs, right?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewale:Does Sidhhartha Gajbhiye also used to come to Bhotmange’s house?
Adv.Khnadewale:Why he used to come?
Wit.:He was considered as a brother by Surekha.
Adv.Khandewale:As u had said in ur examination that a quarrel errupted between Sidhhartha & Sakru on the cosiderations of money.On what matter Sidhhartha had that money consideration?
Wit.:On the farm labour payment.
Adv.Khandewale:Did Sidhharha had a quarrel with the villagers on the matter of money?
Adv:Khandewale:Due to this quarrel, Andhalgaon police had arrested 10-12 people,right?
Wit:I don’t know.
Adv.Khandewale:Was it known to u that Sidhhartha is a Police Patil?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Were the people of Khairlanji afraid of Sidhhartha due to his post of Police Patil?
Adv.Khandewale:Was Sidhhartha terrorising the people of Khairlanji on the pretext of he being a Police Patil?
Wit: No.
Adv.Khandewale:Is there active pollitics in Khairlanji?
Wit:I don’t know.
Adv.Khandewale:Did u have a good relationship with Bhotmange’s family?
Adv.Khandewale:Were u used to go to his home?
Adv.Khandewale: IS it right that Bhaiyyalal posses 5 acres of land?
Wit: Yes.
Adv.Khandewal:This land is one to one & half kms away from Bhaiyyalal’s
 house, right?
Wit:At a distance of 1 km from Bhaiyyalal’S house.
Adv.Khandewale:Have u seen on 3rd September Sidhhartha GAJBHIYE being beaten by the villgers of Khairlanji.
Wit: NO .
Adv.Khandewale:Do u recognise Mukesh Pusam?
Adv.Khandewale:Is Mukesh Pusam from the same caste as u r?
wIT:Yes,from Gond caste.
Adv.KHANDEWALE:Is Pusam related to u by the blood relationship.
Adv.Khandewale:Is it right that Mukesh Pusam’s house is 30-35 feets
 away from ur home.?
Wit:No,it’s 10 feets away from my home.
Adv.Khandewale:Is it true that between urs & Mukesh Pusam’s house ,there is Anudas Khandate’s house?
Adv.Khandewale:On the back of ur house i.e.on the western side there is a public well, right?
Adv.Khandewale:The collective dimension of ur house & the courtyard is
 50 by 50 feet right?.
Wit.:I don’t know.
Ad.Khandewale:On the eastern side of ur house there is a Banana tree,right?
Adv.Khandewale:Is it true that right in the front of ur house ,there is the cattle-shed of Ramu Shende?
Adv.Khandewale:In between urs’house & Ramu Shende’s Cattle -Shed ,there is 15 feet,s wide road,right?
Wit:No, it is 10 feets wide.
Adv.Khandewale:The lane  passing in the north goes towards Mukesh Pusam’s house,right?
Adv.Khndewale:On that lane into the direction opposite to that of Mukesh Pusam,s house, there is a cattle-shed of Premdas Valke & on the back of it there is a house.Right?
Adv.Khandewale:Is it right that on the northern side of Premdas Valke’s cattle -shed ,there is a cattle shed of Shivshankar Aatilkar?
Adv.Khandewale:Is it true that ,in the front side of the house of SHIVSHANKAR Aatilkar, there is a road at the corner of which there is the borewell?

  (since it is 2’0 clock, the court is adjourned till 3p.m.for the lunch).

(To be continued……………………….).

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