Vishwanath Shetty, an accused in the Farid Tanasha murder case on Monday filed an application before the special court under the Maharashtra control of organised crime act (MCOCA), requesting it to separate his trial from the other accused. In his application, Shetty claimed that the prosecution, in the period of four years, is stuck in the stage of framing charges.
Advocate Rajesh Shrivastava, who is appearing on behalf of the accused, while speaking to dna, said, "The case dates back to June 2010 and the police had filed a 4,000 pg charge sheet against 11 accused in September 2010. However, the case came to a standstill from then. The prosecution recently had filed draft charges against the accused, but the court is yet to frame charges."
Shrivastava further added, "The main cause behind the delay is that, Mohammed Saqib Khan, one of the accused, is also involved in another murder case in Uttar Pradesh and is hence lodged in the Naini jail there. The police has failed to produce the accused before the court, which is the prime reason that the court is not able to frame charges against the accused. Hence, we are pleading to separate my client's case."
Farid Tanasha was allegedly shot dead by two sharp shooters at his residence in Tilak Nagar in suburban Chembur. According to the police, a local builder had approached gangster Bharat Nepali to murder Tanasha as he had a feud with him regarding redevelopment of a building in Tilak Nagar. The police arrested Zaffar Khan alias Abbas, Mohammed Saqib Khan, Raviprakash Singh alias Twinkle, Pankaj Singh, Randhir Singh alias Nikhil, Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh alias Shankar, Dattatray Bhakre, Ravindra Warerkar, Vishwanath Shetty, Rajeev Chavan and Laljibhai Bhandari for their alleged involvement in the case.