Additional Sessions Judge S M Shinde on Thursday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct polygraph tests on 12 persons including an IRB official,who had been arrested by the Pune Rural police in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty in 2010. The court has allowed the polygraph test on advocate Vijay Dabahde,Pramod Waghmode,Navnath Shelar,Dongrya Rathod,Bapu Bhegde,Kishor Aware,Kishor Bhegde,Hanumant Kalekhe,Umesh Phuge,Pradeep Bhalerao,Sagar Kholam and IRB officer Jayant Dangare. All the 12 were produced in court on Thursday.
The judge asked each whether they were ready for a polygraph test to which they said they had no objection.
The court has also granted permission to the CBI to interrogate three of the suspects in jail. Meanwhile,the CBI-Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has announced enhancement of the reward from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh to any person who provides credible information in the conspiracy and murder of Shetty.
A press note released by the CBI-ACB states that the identity of the informant will be kept a secret. The reward has been enhanced to motivate any person who may have any relevant information to come out with it so that the accused and conspirators involved in the crime are apprehended,it said. Shetty (38),a Talegaon Dabhade-based RTI activist who had exposed several land scams in the area,was killed on January 13,2010 by unidentified persons when he was returning from his morning walk. Shettys younger brother Sandip had filed a writ in the Bombay High Court on March 10,2010 in which he stated that Dabhade had no role in the murder and demanded a probe by the CBI/CID.
The High Court had transferred the case to CBI on September 9,2010.
Since taking over the case,the CBI has seized computer hard disks from Lonavla police station,which had been probing the case before it was handed over.
Dabhade had alleged that police framed him in the case as he had filed three cases against Shetty on behalf of his clients. These cases were already settled.