THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team probing the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar told the court on Monday that it had come across 119 bank accounts that are suspected to be used by the Sanatan Sanstha members including Rudra Patil, Vinay Pawar, Sarang Akolkar, who are currently on the run.
The CBI is also probing into 169 phone calls that are suspected to have been made by the absconding Sanatan Sanstha members wanted in the Goa blast of 2009. It has collected details of suspicious transactions from these 119 bank accounts and 169 suspicious phone calls following the arrest of Sanatan Sanstha seeker Virendra Tawade on June 10.
The CBI produced Tawade before judicial magistrate (first class) V B Gulave Patil in Pune on Monday afternoon and sought an extension of his custody by four days for further investigation. CBI’s lawyer D P Raju told the court that Tawade’s custody is required as they want to question his wife, who is expected to return from London on Monday.
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The CBI lawyer said that Tawade is not co-operating with the investigation. It also told the court about a book Spirituality written by Dr Jayant Athavale, the founder of Sanatan Sanstha. The CBI also informed the court about Athavale’s book Kshatra Dharma Sadhana which allegedly mentions that by reading some parts from this book, a seeker can eliminate his enemy easily. Meanwhile, the defence lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar argued that Tawade is in CBI’s custody for 11 days and is being questioned since June 1. The court has remanded Tawade to judicial custody for 14 days.