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OVER 70 days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two retired cops for “protecting the real conspirators” in the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty, the CBI is yet to find the real conspirators in the case. The bail pleas of the inspectors were rejected on Monday by the special CBI court in Pune.
On April 6 and April 11, the CBI had arrested retired inspector Bhausaheb Andhalkar and retired assistant inspector Namdev Kauthale in connection with the January 2010 murder of Shetty. Last week, the two had moved the special CBI court for bail, which was rejected on Monday.
Andhalkar (61), who headed the Pune rural police probe into the case until September 2010 when the case was taken over by the CBI, retired from the service in 2012. Kauthale (61), who was posted as assistant inspector with the local crime branch in 2010 when Shetty was murdered, had conducted the panchanama of the crime scene and supervised the seizure of some items, which purportedly belonged to an accused arrested by the Pune rural police. After their arrest, the CBI had said Andhalkar had, “allegedly conspired with others and manipulated evidences to shield the real conspirators and killers” and Kauthale “created false evidence and fake eye-witnesses implicating five other accused persons to shield the real conspirators and killers.”
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Now, 70 days after these arrests, just 20 days short of the stipulated 90-day limit, within which the chargesheet has to be filed by the agency, the CBI officials on Monday said that the relevant developments in the case have been communicated to the court but refused to comment whether any more arrests of “real conspirators” were likely soon. “Whatever we had to say, we have told the court,” a CBI official said.
Shetty was murdered with a sharp-edged weapon in Talegaon Dabhade on January 13, 2010, a few months after he had exposed an alleged land scam in Kamshet area.