Nidhi Tawde, wife of arrested Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) leader Virendra Tawde, is likely to be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday in connection with the murder of anti-superstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar. Virendra Tawde is suspected to be the western commander of the outfit. According to sources, Nidhi, who arrived in the country on Monday, will be questioned by the agency on her husband who was arrested on June 10.
“Nidhi had participated in many programmes that the outfit has held against Dabholkar, and had also accompanied her husband to Kolhapur in 2007, where Tawde and other Sanatan Sanstha members had barged into a programme held by Dabholkar’s outfit. As per a witness, Nidhi was an active member of the Sanstha till 2008. She will be quizzed on the conspiracy. We would want to know if she had any knowledge,” a senior officer told The Indian Express.
Nidhi, a surgeon by profession, had been staying in the UK with her daughter since 2015. According to sources, she will be quizzed specifically on the conspiracy and the clandestine emails which were sent by her husband to the absconding accused, Sarang Akolkar, and his handler, who is suspected to be a senior functionary of the HJS, an offshoot of the right wing organisation Sanatan Sanstha.
“Since she participated in protests staged by the outfit against Dabholkar, her testimony will be crucial against both the arrested accused and the outfit. Nidhi had also stayed in the Panvel ashram of the organisation and therefore, she could throw light on the members and their roles in the organisation,” the officer added. Sources added that Nidhi would also be confronted with the material seized by the agency from the outfit’s hard disc last week, especially on the encrypted literature of the outfit. The agency had also seized her apartment in Panvel.