Khairlanji: Court Proceedings on 8th October ’07


The court assembles at 11 A.M.The next Witness, Mr. Milind Bansod, Sub-divisional Officer of Bhandara is ready to depose before the court on the issue of Caste Certificate. The defence lawyer Adv. Jaiswal arrives in the court at 11:45 A.M. The Witness is called in the Witness box.

Judge : What is your name?
Witness: I am Milind Vinayak Bansod.
Judge: Your residence?
Witness : Bhandara.
Adv.Nikam: How long you are  working as S.D.O.of Bhandara?
Witness: I am working as S.D.O.of Bhandara since 1st March 2006.
Adv.Nikam: How many Talukas are under your jurisdiction?
Witness:Bhandara, Mohadi, Tumsar & Paoni.
Adv.Nikam: Under which Tahsil Khairlanji is included?
Witness: Mohadi.
Adv.Nikam: As S.D.O., what kind of the job you do?
Witness:Apart from the revenue work & the other works assigned to me by the  govt.,I m empowered to issue Caste Certificate by the Govt.of Maharashtra.
Adv.Nikam: Did C.I.D.send you a letter on 16/11/2006  ?
Witness: Yes.
Adv.Nikam: Please tell us about that.
Witness: They asked me to provide them Bhaiyyalal Sudam Bhotmange’s Caste  Certificate
Adv.Nikam: Is it the same letter?
(But Adv.Nikam the realises that the copy of the letter shown is missing & the wrong letter is shown. He then apologises. But witness shows him his office-copy.) 

Adv.Nikam: After receiving the letter , what did you do?
Witness: I phoned  Mohadi Tahsil Office & conveyed them.
Adv.Nikam: But what record you checked?
Witness: I checked his School Leaving Certificate & an legal agreement in 1952 & in which his father’s caste had been mentioned .
Adv.Nikam: Then of what caste they were found to be belonging to?
Witness: They were found to be belonging to Mahar Caste which is included in  the Schedule Caste Category.
Adv.Nikam: Then you prepared the certificate & signed on it. Right?
Adv.Nikam: Then you sent the same certificate to C.I.D.on that day. Right?
Witness: Yes.
Adv.Nikam: How many belong to Bhaiyyalal’s family?
Witness: His wife, two sons & a daughter.
Adv.Nikam: What are his wife’s & children’s names?
Witness: His wife’s name is Surekha, sons’ Sudhir , Roshan & daughter’s name is Priyanka.
Adv.Nikam: His wife Surekha, sons Sudhir , Roshan & daughter Priyanka belong to which caste?

 (Adv. Nikam finishes his examination at 11:45 A.M.Now,Adv.Jaiswal rises  to  cross-examine the Witness)

Adv.Jaiswal: Did u scrutinise the school leaving certificate of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange on the basis of which you issued his caste certificate?
Adv.Jaiswal:Did you tell the C.I.D. to scrutinise that school leaving certificate of Bhaiyyalal?
Adv.Jaiswal: That school leaving certificate was in the form of a photocopy. Right?
Adv.Jaiswal: Was that certificate attested?
Adv.Jaiswal: You have not  seen the original copy of the agreement of 1952.Right?
Adv.Jaiswal: You have told in the court that his wife Surekha , sons: Sudhir & Roshan and  daughter Priyanka belong to Mahar caste; but the Police did not ask for their caste certificate .Right?
Adv.Jaiswal: Did you inquired whether Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange changed his caste or religion?

 (Adv.Jaiswal finishes his cross-examination at 12:30 P.M.Now, Adv.Khandewale rises to cross-examine the Witness)

Adv.Khandewale: You have not checked any records of 1950 or prior to it as  the rule mandates for issuing caste certificate. Right?
Adv.Khandewale: You might be knowing that the caste certificate had to validated before the Validity Committee before it is issued.
Witness:That is not required in every case.
Adv.Khandewale: The Caste Validity Committee checks for the records of 1950 or prior to it. Right?
Witness: I don’t know about it.

  (Adv. Khandewale finishes his cross-examination at 12:40 P.M.)

2 Responses to “Khairlanji: Court Proceedings on 8th October ’07”

  1. 1 Pravin

    Guys you are doing excellent job. I don’t have words to express. Keep doing this great work for our society.

  2. 2 tehelkaexposed

    I agree. Guilty should be punished.

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