Additional sessions judge S M Shinde on Wednesday permitted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct polygraph test on nine persons,including seven policemen,in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty.
The polygraph test would be conducted on Ideal Road Builders (IRB) director Virendra Dattatraya Mhaiskar,Sable-Waghire company director Nirin Sable and six policemen – inspector (retired) Bhausaheb Andalkar,inspector Sunil Tonpe,assistant inspector Namdeo Kauthale,head constable Ramesh Gabaji Nale,police naik Rajendra Mirghe,constable (retired) Kailash Labade,all associated with Pune rural police,head constable Shahaji Ramchandra Athavale and Shyam Dabhade (23).
All nine persons were produced in the court on Wednesday and agreed to undergo the polygraph test.
On April 19,the same court had allowed the CBI to conduct polygraph tests on 12 other persons advocate Vijay Dabahde,Pramod Waghmode,Navnath Shelar,Dongrya Rathod,Bapu Bhegde,Kishor Aware,Kishor Bhegde,Hanumant Kalekhe,Umesh Phuge,Pradeep Bhalerao,Sagar Kholam and IRB officer Jayant Dangare.
Shetty (38),who had exposed several land-related scams,was killed on January 13,2010 when he was returning from his morning walk. Shettys younger brother Sandip had filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court on March 10,2010,seeking a CBI/ CID investigation in the case. The HC transferred the case to CBI on September 9,2010.
Meanwhile,in April CBI Anti-Corruption Bureau increased the reward money from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh to any person who would give credible information regarding those involved in the conspiracy and murder.