City police commissioner Satish Mathur said he ‘would not comment’ on the Bombay HC order to transfer the Dabholkar murder probe to CBI. Mathur had reviewed the investigation in the case after taking charge as Pune police commissioner.
Senior police officers from Navi Mumbai, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Satara and other places had recently joined the special investigation team (SIT) probing the case. During an Idea Exchange at The Indian Express, Mathur had said he was against handing over this case to any other agency as his team was doing “good work”.
However, the city police had been able to arrest only two alleged arms dealers Manish Nagori and Vikas Khandelwal, both residents of Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district in this case. They were arrested on January 20.
Interestingly, the two were earlier arrested by the Thane police from Mumbra on August 20, the day of Dabholkar’s murder.
Apparently, Pune police had failed to file charge sheet against them within the stipulated 90 days period after the arrest, following which on April 21, the magistrate court had granted them bail.
The police, however, maintained that they have incriminating evidence against the two suspects as the ballistic analysis of the three weapons recovered from the Thane police showed that one pistol matched with the bullets recovered from Dabholkar’s body.