THE Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday informed the Bombay High Court that it required inputs from a third lab on ballistic reports pertaining to the murder of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare as there were certain discrepancies in the reports received from the forensic labs in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
The court has granted CBI four weeks to get the opinion of another lab on the matter while adding that there had been substantial progress in the case.
Investigators were trying to find if there are any links between the murders of Dabholkar, Pansare and Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi.
A bench of Justice Ranjit More and V L Achliya was hearing petitions by respective kin of Dabholkar and Pansare expressing unhappiness with the probe being conducted by CBI in Dabholkar’s case and a special investigation team of State police in Pansare’s. They had sought that the High Court should monitor the probe.
Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune and Pansare was shot at on February 16 in Kolhapur and died on February 20, 2015. The petitioner’s lawyer Abhay Nevagi, said the CBI should depute officers to Scotland Yard to get inputs from them.
“It is a sad thing, but there is lack of state-of-the-art labs here,” added Nevagi. Anil Singh representing the CBI said they would consider this option also, along with the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Delhi.
Singh informed the court that bullets and empty cartridges recovered from the murder spots had been compared to ascertain similarities between the cases. Nevagi, however, said that the investigating agencies had not gone to the source of the bullets. “The bullets recovered are all made in Khadki ammunition factory, Pune. If someone buys bullets, an entry has to be made against the licenses issued. All this information is centralised,” said Nevagi, adding that this information had not been looked into. The HC, however, said some headway had been made in the case.
Nevagi further alleged that information in the confidential reports submitted in court in sealed envelopes were already public knowledge through the media.
Singh said the information may have been provided by Karnataka CID investigating the murder of Kalburgi to find any similar links. Singh added this should not have been done. “This should not hamper the investigation,” added the court.