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Make clear when probe in Dabholkar, Pansare cases will be over: HC to agencies

Make clear when probe in Dabholkar, Pansare cases will be over: HC to agencies
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(Eds: Correcting petitioners'' lawyer''s name in para 13)

Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) The Bombay High Court on Friday

directed the Maharashtra CID and the CBI to state clearly

when their probe into the killings of activists Govind Pansare

and Narendra Dabholkar would be complete.

The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is

probing the killing of communist leader Pansare while the

central agency is probing the killing of Dabholkar, a well-

known anti-superstition activist.

A bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale also

asked why the trial in the rationalist M M Kalburgi killing

case has already begun in Karnataka while the probe in these

two older cases is incomplete.

In "sensitive cases," citizens of the country deserved

to know when probe agencies would complete a probe and when

the trial is likely to begin, the court said.

"We are very disturbed to know that while the trial in

a similar incident in Karnataka has already commenced, in

Maharashtra, it is not clear when the investigation will be

completed even though the cases are of similar nature," the

bench said.

Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013, in Pune,

while Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015, in Kolhapur in

western Maharashtra and died four days later.

Kalburgi, a Kannada scholar, was shot dead on August

30, 2015.

Probe agencies have said these three cases as well as

the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in 2017 were linked

and right-wing extremists were behind them.

The HC is hearing petitions filed by the kin of

Dabholkar and Pansare seeking a court monitoring of the two

probes.

CBI lawyer and Additional Solicitor General Anil

Singh said the agency had "done whatever was possible," but

was unable to retrieve the weapon used in the Dabholkar case

which the accused supposedly dumped in the Thane creek.

The CBI would file a fresh investigation status report

before the next hearing, he said.

Of the five accused arrested in the Dabholkar case,

one was out on bail and others including the two alleged

shooters were in custody, Singh informed.

Petitioners'' lawyer Abhay Nevagi said while the

CBI had made some progress and filed three chargesheets, there

had been no progress in the CID''s probe into the Pansare case.

At this, the state''s lawyer Mankunwar Deshmukh too

volunteered to file a status report.

The bench said it did not doubt the "bonafide" of the

probe agencies but they must take the two cases to their

"logical conclusion".

"The incidents happened in 2013 and 2015. We are now

in 2021. How long will it go on like this?" the high court

asked.

"You take clear, concrete instructions and make a

positive statement on the next date on how much time you will

take," the HC said, adjourning the hearing to March 30. PTI

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