The CBI had told the Bombay High Court earlier that it suspected a link between the killings of Lankesh and Dabholkar, and that it would soon make some definite progress in the investigation.
The SIT has now issued notices to Kalaskar’s employers to provide details of how they came to employ Kalaskar and whether they were aware of him making gun components at their facility at night.
MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar claimed there are some people who want to project the right-wing outfit as a “wrong-doer”, even as he condemned such killings.
Kalaskar, whose CBI custody ended on Monday, was produced in the court of the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) S M A Sayyed on Monday. He has been remanded in magisterial custody for 14 days.
Pawar was arrested after suspected Hindutva activists Vaibhav Raut, Sharad Kalaskar and Sudhanva Gondhalekar were taken into custody by the ATS on August 10 for allegedly conspiring to carry out bomb blasts across Maharashtra.
Special Judge V S Padalkar questioned as to why the CBI had not sought the custody of Kalaskar earlier even though a production warrant was issued by the Pune court on August 23.
The CBI on Sunday had informed a special court in Maharashtra that it would be seeking the custody of a few persons arrested in Karnataka in the Gauri Lankesh murder case since their involvement has emerged in the Dabholkar murder as well.
The five year-long investigation into Dabholkar murder has produced interesting twists and turns. Here are the important characters in the story so far.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, will soon take custody of one of the accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder case, to investigate the links between the perpetrators in the two cases.
Seeking extension of the custody of Sachin Andure, one of the alleged shooters in the Dabholkar murder case, the CBI told the court that one of the accused in the Lankesh murder case had handed over a pistol and three bullets with a magazine to him.
Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that the group involved in Lankesh’s murder is being protected by the government to “terrorise those who speak or write against it”.
Besides the revolver, the agencies also recovered three live cartridges, a dagger and a sword during searches carried out on Tuesday. If the FSL confirms that the weapon was used in the Dabholkar killing, it would be a major breakthrough.
Investigations and a series of arrests made by the Maharashtra ATS and Karnataka Police point to connections among these murders, and suggest the involvement of radical Hindutva groups.
According to the sources, Kalaskar and Andure, both residents of Aurangabad, took a state transport bus to Pune on August 19, 2013. They got off the bus at Shivaji Nagar in Pune next morning.
Over 15 rounds of cartridges of .32 calibre, which are the same as the 7.65 mm cartridges, were seized from Naveen Kumar’s possession.