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Dabholkar murder case: CBI cites Sanatan Sanstha founder’s books in chargesheet

CBI quotes references from Sanatan Sanstha founder Jayant Athavale’s books to show their differences with Dabholkar.

Written by Chandan Shantaram Haygunde | Pune |
Updated: October 4, 2016 3:27:11 am
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In the charge-sheet filed against Sanatan Sanstha seeker Dr Virendra Tawde, arrested in connection with the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar last month, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has given references from the books written by Sanstha’s founder Dr Jayant Balaji Athavale in an attempt to establish the ideology of Sanatan Sanstha and its differences with Dabholkar and his Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Sanstha (MANS).

The charge-sheet, accessed by The Indian Express, says, “The extreme hatred/enmity between Dabholkar and his MANS and Sanatan Sanstha can also been seen in the literature/books of Sanatan Sanstha.”

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According to CBI, the 84-page book “Kshtaradharma Sadhana” mentions, “Only 5% of the crusade against evil will be of a physical nature. 5% of seekers will need to undergo training with weapon. The Lord will provide weapons at the opportune moment through some medium.”

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It further mentions “physical strength” and “unity” as necessary for a physical battle. “The comparative importance of the requirements necessary for the physical battle is as follows: It does not matter if one is not used to shooting. When he shoots along with chanting of the Lord’s name, the bullet certainly strikes the target due to the inherent power in the Lord’s name,” the charge sheet quotes the book as saying.

The CBI has also mentioned “adverse reference” to Dabholkar and MANS in a book on “Spirituality” of 115 pages complied by Athavale and Sandeep Alshi.

The charge-sheet says, “The abovesaid two instances indicate how Sanatan Sanstha and its founder Jayant Athavale were against Dabholkar and his organisation. The hard disc seized by CBI on June 1, 2016, from the ashram of Sanatan Sanstha at Devad in Panvel in Raigad district of Maharashtra contains material/ photographs against Dabholkar. The folder captioned as Dharmadroji has Dabholkar’s photo and photos of two police officials and group photos of some Muslim persons being felicitated by police.”

Sanatan Sanstha’s legal advisor and Tawde’s lawyer Sanjiv Punalekar said, “The CBI has mentioned the details from both books with a wrong interpretation. It is a malicious attempt by CBI to create bad image about Sanatan Sanstha. There were ideological differences between Sanatan Sanstha and Dabholkar. But it is wrong to blame the Sanstha and its seekers for his murder.”

CBI had arrested Tawde on June 10. The charge-sheet filed against him on September 8 mentions motive behind the murder as “long standing enmity/ hatred” between Dabholkar and Sanatan Sanstha.

CBI has named Tawde along with Sanatan seekers Vinay Pawar, missing since 2009, Sarang Akolkar, who is also an absconding accused in the October 2009 Goa blast case, as prime suspects. CBI claims Akolkar and Pawar shot dead Dabholkar on August 20, 2013 around 7.24 pm on the Omkareshwar bridge in Pune.

In the charge-sheet, CBI has given details of alleged email conversation between Tawde and Akolkar, against whom a red corner notice was issued by Interpol in July 2012. “One email dated April 20, 2009 from Sarang Akolkar (email id : to Tawade (email id: mentions about availability of country-made arms (Deshi banavatiche sahitya) in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It also mentioned about foreign-made arms (Pardeshi sahitya) available in Assam. Here coded language has been used. It is also mentioned in email about raising of army of 15000 persons for financial the procurement of firearms (Sahitya), even theft could be committed, in case of need,” the charge sheet states.

CBI claims that even after Akolkar went absconding, Tawde’s association with him continued. The agency has claimed that Tawde and Akolkar had a meeting with Sanjay Sadvilkar of Kolhapur in 2013 and that Tawde wanted to manufacture weapons with Sadvilkar’s help. “Akolkar had for this purpose brought samples of one country-made pistol and one country-made revolver of high quality,” it is stated. “Sanatan Sanstha calls Sadvilkar a “bogus” witness.

No evidence, says Sanstha

“The entire investigation is based on statement given by a bogus witness. There is no evidence at all against Tawde and other seekers,” said advocate Punalekar. Sanatan Sanstha along with a few Hindutva outfits held two press conferences on September 21 and October 1, demanding that CBI probe whether alleged financial misappropriation by Dabholkar’s organisation has any links with his murder. Dabholkar’s son Hamid said all allegations of financial misappropriation were wrong and an attempt to mislead the investigation.

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