In a petition seeking a separate inquiry into the death of IPS officer Hemant Karkare who was martyred during the 26/11 terror attacks,the Bombay HC on Tuesday questioned the petitioners about pursuing the case further.
Jyoti Badekar,one of the petitioners in a group of petitions that had sought a probe into the conspiracy angle into Karkares death,had sought the restoration of the case that was dismissed by default in January.
The petitioner had contended that as suggested in a book Who Killed Karkare? written by former IPS officer S M Mushrif,Hindu fundamentalists could have been behind the killing of the former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief. The petition had sought an investigation by a central agency into the shooting that took place at CST,Cama Hospital and the Rang Bhavan lane on November 26,2008,in which Karkare was shot dead.
Arguing for the state government,public prosecutor P A Pol said Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab had already been tried and held guilty for killing Karkare,among other serious charges. The central governments lawyer,Rebecca Gonsalves,also told the court that nothing survived in the litigation as a special courts decision convicting Kasab had been confirmed by the High Court and further appeals were pending in the SC.
Justices S A Bobde and Mridula Bhatkar said the procedure in the 26/11trial had been completed,and asked the petitioners lawyer why they still wanted their case restored. The bench asked the petitioners to tell the court at the next hearing whether or not they still wished to pursue their case.