Renowned lawyer and Padma Shri awardee Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed as the Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the Kamble double murder case in Nagpur. The notification of Nikam’s appointed as the SPP in the case was issued by Law and Judiciary department of Government of Maharashtra on Saturday.
Nikam has previously acted as the SPP in high profile cases like Gulshan Kumar murder case, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, 1993 Bombay blasts, Pramod Mahajan murder case, etc. He was also the SPP in the city’s sensational Kush Kataria murder case and the infamous Khairlanji massacre case.
On February 18, city crime journalist Ravikant Kamble’s mother – Usha Kamble (54) and one-and-a-half-year-old daughter – Rashi – were found dead with their throats slit in a nullah near Vihirgaon. Both of them were missing since February 17. Investigations by the police led to the four accused namely Ganesh Shahu, Gudiya Shahu, Ankit Shahu and a minor boy. The accused were booked by the police under sections 302, 364, 201, 34 of the IPC and sections 2,3 and 5 of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), who was initially investigating the case was accused by Ravikant of shielding the culprits in the case by ignoring several evidences. Thereafter, ACP Rajratna Bansod took over the investigation and recovered the said evidences. Post this, Maharashtra State SC and ST commission led by retired judge Justice CL Thool started a probe to study the allegations made against ACP Supare. Justice Thool, who visited the Kamble household and also the crime scene, has reportedly indicted ACP Supare and has demanded action against him.