May 4, 2016 3:46:16 am
THE Bombay High Court Tuesday asked investigative agencies not to get influenced by any factor — political or otherwise — and be bold enough to cross hurdles that undermine the probe in the murders of rationalist Narenda Dabholkar and CPI leader Govind Pansare.
Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Dr Shalini Phansalkar Joshi also asked the agencies to question the members of the organisation that arrested accused Samir Gaikwad belong to. Gaikwad was arrested in connection with the murder of Pansare.
Gaikwad, a member of right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha, was arrested in Sangli on September 16, 2014 by a special investigation team of the Maharashtra Police. “Any person or organisation having a voice of dissent and debate, does not mean they will be attacked this way,” said the bench while referring to the two cases.
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Before the court made these observations, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) submitted reports of the status of their respective investigations.
The court, however, did not seem happy with the progress. “What’s the apprehension in acting against them (organisation). We don’t want you to be influenced by anything. Anybody who is put to death in this manner — it raises serious issues,” the court told the CBI and the state CID.
The agencies, through the Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and Public Prosecutor Sandip Shinde, respectively, informed the bench that investigations were under way and they’ll soon make a breakthrough.
The court reiterated that the murder of Pansare had taken place in August 2013. The court said selection of the premier agency, the CBI, was shown the gravity of the case. “In this age, with modern technology, how can you say we are not geared up for the challenge. Men in uniform should take people into confidence. There may be a political angle, whichever angle there may be, ours is only one concern,” opined the court.
The court, in the meantime, directed the families to engage in a dialogue with investigative agencies and give their inputs. The court will again take stock of the progress in the investigation on June 23.
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