Wardha Murder Case: CM Uddhav Appoints Advocate Ujjwal Nikam As Special Public Prosecutor

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that Advocate Ujjwal Nikam had been appointed as the Special Public Prosecutor in the Wardha murder case.

Written By Akhil Oka | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Hours after the death of a lecturer who was set ablaze in Wardha, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that Advocate Ujjwal Nikam had been appointed as the Special Public Prosecutor in the case. He expressed hope that the investigation and the proceedings of the case would be conducted in a speedy manner. Furthermore, he asked all the government departments to properly coordinate for ensuring justice to the victim. 

Earlier in the day, Thackeray urged people not to take the law into their own hands. Giving an assurance that the state government would not pardon the guilty, he asserted that the accused would be hanged soon. Furthermore, the Maharashtra CM hinted that the government could bring in a more stringent law to tackle the menace of atrocities against women. 

Read: 'Wardha Incident Shameful, Will Ensure Harsh Punishment Is Given To Culprit', Says Thorat

Nikam's role in high-profile cases

Nikam has represented the state in several high-profile cases such as the 26/11 terrorist attack trial, the 2016 Kopardi rape and murder case and the murder of senior BJP leader Pramod Mahajan. He was India’s representative at the global seminar on terrorism organised by the United Nations Security Council in 2010.

Moreover, Nikam was bestowed with the Padma Shri by the Centre in 2016. Recently, reports emerged that a Bollywood film on Nikam’s life is under active consideration. Incidentally, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government downgraded his security cover from Z-plus to the Y category in December 2019. 

Read: Maharashtra Governor Expresses Heartfelt Condolences Over Death Of Wardha Murder Victim

Lecturer set ablaze

On February 3, a 25-year-old lecturer, a resident of Hinganghat in Wardha district was set ablaze by a stalker while she was on the way to college. Having suffered 40% burns, she was undergoing treatment at the Orange City Hospital and Research Centre in Nagpur. The state government had specially flown in Dr Sunil Keswani, the director of the National Burns Centre to supervise her treatment.

However, the victim succumbed to her injuries on Monday morning at 6.55 am. Identified as the accused, Vikesh Nagrale was arrested by the police. He was booked under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 326-A. Now, it is expected that he will be charged with murder.  

Read: Aaditya Thackeray Reacts To Wardha Incident, Calls For 'mindset Change' From School-level

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