Pune: Officers like Mahale keep Mumbai Police’s head high – Ujjwal Nikam

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Pune, 27th November 2023: “The Mumbai Police was under extreme pressure during the investigation of the 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack. Political transitions and many other serious incidents took place during that period. But because of the brave, intelligent and honest officers like Ramesh Mahale, Pakistan’s true face was exposed before the world through the judicial trial of Ajmal Kasab. Officers like Mahale have earned respect for the country and for the Mumbai Police worldwide and have kept Mumbai police’s head high,” opined Ujjwal Nikam, Special Public Prosecutor.

Chief Investigation Officer Ramesh Mahale was conferred with the ‘Krutadnyata Award’ instituted in the memory of Late. Vasantrao Dhumne, DYSP in Maharashtra Police who has the first encounter of a criminal to his credit in the state of Maharashtra in 1966 at Sangamner. The award was presented at the hands of Adv Ujjwal Nikam in a ceremony held at MES Auditorium, Mayur Colony, Kothrud today. The award was in the form of a citation and cash prize of Rs.21000/-. This is the first edition of the award. Dignitaries like Ujjwal Nikam, Ramesh Mahale, Ajay Dhumne, Nilesh Sonigara and Sohanlal Sonigara of the Nilesh Sonigara Foundation were present on the occasion. Subsequent to the award ceremony Rajesh damle conducted an interview with Ramesh Mahale.

“Many a times, lack of proper presentation in the court causes problems to the best investigation done. However, our investigation was presented in the most appropriate way by the Special Police Prosecutor, Adv Ujjwal Nikam. That is the reason the case could stand throughout the judicial process till Kasab was hanged to death,” expressed Ramesh Mahale.

“Kasab often claimed that he was a minor, but Ujjwal Nikam meticulously conducted all the related inquiries beforehand so that it could be proved that he is not a minor. Seamless coordination between the investigating agency and the public prosecutor was one of the most important reasons for success in this long and crucial trial,” highlighted Mahale.