Sharad Kalaskar, Avinash Pawar, an employee of Mazgaon docks and Shrikant Pangarkar, a former Shiv Sena corporator, sought bail claiming that there is no direct or indirect evidence linking them to the case.
The ATS is the third agency after the CBI and the Karnataka SIT to name the Sanatan Sanstha in a chargesheet. While the CBI has named the Sanstha in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, Karnataka SIT has named the organisation in its chargesheet in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
Lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, representing the accused, said that the ATS had not given any grounds for further extension of Pangarkar’s custody. However, the court went on to grant the ATS Pangarkar’s custody till September 6.
The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has informed both the central and state governments that the right wing outfit is not registered as a single entity but as separate units in every district and city, sources told The Indian Express.
The ATS is now investigating if the three arrested, and their associates, were operating a weapons manufacturing unit, or procured the arms and ammunition from other states, such as Uttar Pradesh and Assam.
Six persons that were arrested on March 24 from Gorakhpur had revealed during interrogation that it was on Shah's instruction that more than Rs 1 crore changed hands between the Pakistani handler and terror operatives, the ATS spokesman said.
The seven men were arrested in January from various places, including Kalyan, Vikhroli and Ghatkopar. The ATS claims the men, some of whom who were working as labourers and members of trade unions, had alleged links with the organisation. ENS