Gangster Nilesh Shrinivas Baswant (32) was arrested by Pune City Police for allegedly submitting a false medical certificate to the court to seek bail.
Baswant is a key member of the Bapu Nayar gang. He was arrested in connection with an attempted murder filed at Kondhwa Police Station in 2015. He was also convicted under Maharashtra’s strict Organized Crime Control Act (MCOCA).
Baswant was released on medical interim bail by the Supreme Court and released on bail on April 16 last year. Believing this to be suspicious, Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Ashok Morale had requested an investigation into the case.
The investigation revealed that Baswant said he was suffering from cancer and also obtained a false medical certificate on the letterhead from a doctor based in Satara. Police said Baswant submitted this bogus letter to the MCOCA Special Court in Shivajinagar to seek medical bail.
Police said Baswant had surgery in February last year for cancer. The Supreme Court later granted him temporary bail for four weeks for medical reasons. Meanwhile, her reports of medical examinations at a private hospital were found to be normal. However, to extend his bail, he allegedly obtained a false medical certificate and presented it to court. He was subsequently entered in a new case under Articles 465, 468, 471, 198 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code.
Baswant was arrested Wednesday on his way to Khed Shivapur to meet with members of his family.
A press release issued by police said Baswant had already been convicted of 12 offenses, including murder, attempted murder, extortion, land grabbing and possession of firearms. It has been booked under MCOCA twice in the past.
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