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MUMBAI: The police tracked down former British Navy officers Duncan Grant (67) and Allan Waters (63) to a slum in Colaba and produced them before the sessions court on Monday. The Supreme Court on Friday had upheld the sessions court’s 2006 conviction of the duo who were found guilty of sexually abusing minor boys at Anchorage shelter homes at Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Murud. They were produced before the court after 4 pm on Monday evening amid much media frenzy. At the sessions court, Grant told the judge they left their homes at 1.45 pm with the intention of giving themselves up, but that the police did not let them surrender, and had instead arrested them. They informed the judge that their lawyer had advised them to surrender. “We were told that if we did this, we would get a six-month set off,” said Grant. The lawyer Taraq Sayyed even placed an application regarding the six-month waiver before the court. In response, Judge D Shirsao said: “At this stage, this point cannot be taken up… I have taken your grievances on record. You can approach the right forum,” the judge said. When the judge asked if the police had informed them of the reason for their arrest, both answered in the affirmative.Outside the court, police officials refuted the stand taken by the duo and said that if Grant and Waters had any intention of surrendering, they would have done so on Saturday itself. Grant had set up the Anchorage Trust in 1995, and Waters was a frequent visitor. Police officials said they had been keeping tabs on the duo ever since the case went to the Supreme Court. “They had rented rooms in a slum near Badhwar Park, Colaba. They did not turn up at the sessions court on Monday, so we picked them up from the slum and brought them before the court,” said a senior police officer. In 2006, the sessions court had sentenced Grant and Waters to six years imprisonment for abusing minors in their care, fined them £20,000 each, and ordered them to pay £5,000 to each of the two boys who had testified against them. Failure the pay the amount will cost them an extra year in jail. The duo had a steady stream of supporters. Many of the boys who live in the shelters remained loyal to Grant and Waters, and said that they were innocent. They demanded proof of their guilt. “Where’s the proof? On what basis have they been convicted?” asked one street boy. Others were worried about their future. “What will we do when they are sent to jail? We will be back on the streets,” said another boy. Before the proceedings commenced, Waters had an altercation with journalists and hurled expletives at them. When the matter was brought to the notice of the court, the duo apologized. The judge commented on the matter. Duncan and Waters are at Arthur Road jail, but will be shifted to Yerwada jail in Pune within two to three days, said the police .

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