The family of slain rationalist Govind Pansare has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, asking him to appoint the state advocate general to personally challenge the application of the accused, Sameer Gaikwad, seeking transfer of his case.
Sameer Vishnu Gaikwad, the lone accused so far in the murder of Pansare, had filed a petition, seeking the transfer of his case from Kolhapur to Mumbai. The application will come up for hearing on January 17 in a magistrate court in Kolhapur.
“We are also intervening in the transfer application of Sameer Gaikwad. However, looking at the seriousness of the matter we earnestly request you to appoint the advocate general on behalf of the State of Maharashtra. You are aware of all the aspects of murder of Pansare. Therefore, looking at the seriousness of the matter we earnestly request you to appoint the advocate general in the transfer matter,” Megha Pansare, the daughter-in-law of Govind Pansare, said in a letter to Fadnavis.
The Pansare family believes a transfer would affect the trial. “Such a transfer will affect the trial of this case as the investigating agencies are on the lookout for many other accused. Therefore, under such circumstances, if the trial is transferred to any other location, the same will cause injustice,” the letter states.
Two persons had opened fire on Pansare and his wife, Uma, while the couple was returning home from a morning walk on February 16. Pansare died four days later during treatment. His wife had received a bullet injury.
On September 16, the special investigation team probing the case arrested Gaikwad as a suspect, based on electronic surveillance of his cellphone calls.
He was booked under sections 302, 307, 206, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of the Arms Act.