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Pravin Mahajan sentenced to life-term
Tribune News Service & PTI

Mumbai, December 18
Pravin Mahajan was today sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his elder brother and senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan but the prosecution said it would appeal for the death penalty.

Rejecting the prosecution plea for capital punishment, additional sessions judge S.P. Davare said, “The murder is not a rarest of rare case and therefore death need not be indicted. This is not an extreme case of grave culpability”.

The sentence was pronounced a day after Pravin was convicted on the charges of murder and house trespass with the intention to commit a serious offence.

In addition to the life term for the murder, Pravin was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment for house trespass. Both the terms will run concurrently. The convict was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 15,000 and Rs 5,000 for the murder and trespass offences, respectively.

Special Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the prosecution would appeal in the high court for an enhancement of the sentence after studying the judgment.

“We will read the judgment after which we will seek an enhancement of the sentence from the Bombay high court,” Nikam told reporters outside the court. He said the murder fell in the rarest of rare case category since he has killed the “concept of brotherhood.”

BJP leader Gopinath Munde and brother-in-law of Pramod, who was flanked by Rekha and Pramod’s two children, Rahul and Poonam, said it was up to the state government to decide on appealing for enhancement of the sentence.

“It is the court’s decision that punishment should be of what type and amount but he was convicted and that it is important for us,” Munde said, adding “the act of the accused is misfortunate.”

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