Mumbai: Mumbai sessions court that was likely to pronounce its verdict in the infamous Keenan-Reuben murder case on Monday as per current reports has deferred the verdict and adjourned the hearing. The next hearing will now happen on May 06. The state government had in 2012 shifted the case to a fast-track court, but the case still dragged on for 4 years.
On the hearing being adjourned, Keenan’s father Valerian Santos said, “I need a good judgement. I’ve waited long enough. I won’t ask for capital punishment but they should be given life imprisonment till death.”
Keenan Santos, 24, and Reuben Fernandez,29, were assaulted and later stabbed outside a popular eatery at Amboli on October 20, 2011 when they tried to protect their women friends from a group of men. Keenan succumbed to his injuries on the same day, while Reuben died 10 days later on October 31.
Four accused – Jitendra Rana, Sunil Bodh, Satish Dulhaj and Dipak Tival – were arrested the next day and a fast-track court had in October framed charges against them for murder, conspiracy and molestation.
Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed as the public prosecutor.
Earlier while speaking to a leading daily Valerian Santos had said, “We have suffered a lot in these years and punishment to these boys is the only thing that will give us some relief. We know our son will not come back, but we expect his killers to get punished.” He said the family has faith in the judiciary and they would get justice.
“They should think about the victim’s family. We were given promises by the then chief minister, but everything turned out to be a farce. There is a need to change the system,” Valerian said.