Bombay high court on Monday slammed the Maharashtra CID’s special investigation team, which is probing the killing of CPI leader, Govind Pansare, for riding “piggyback” on CBI investigation into the murder of Narendra Dabholkar and on the Karnataka police’s probe into the Gauri Lankesh and M M Kalburgi murders.
“You only rest on something done in other cases. You just seem to be tagging piggyback,” said justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari.
The senior judge, along with justice Gautam Patel, is monitoring the probe into the killings of Dabholkar and Pansare on a plea by their families. The bench reacted after perusing the SIT’s probe status report. Pansare was shot at on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur and died on February 20.
In their order, the judges said, “We are anxious to note when this report will contain a statement of independent steps taken by the SIT during this prolonged investigation.”
“This report does not indicate… the investigations have revealed anything over and above the details obtained during the course of investigation in the other cases,’’ they added.
Stating incessant rains had hampered probe, senior counsel Ashok Mundargi, for SIT, said “investigation was not done because of prevailing circumstances.”
The bench has sought “a comprehensive and better report” at the next hearing after four weeks.
Additional solicitor general, Anil Singh, said CBI will complete the process of arms recovery from Thane creek within four weeks.
While Dabholkar was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune, Pansare was shot at on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur and succumbed to his injuries a few days later on February 20. The SIT was formed after the family members of Pansare and Dabholkar moved HC demanding court monitoring of the probe.
Meanwhile, a court in Kolhapur increased the police custody awarded to the three accused in Pansare murder case by another 4 days. Sachin Andure, Amit Baddi and Ganesh Miskin were sent to 10 days of custody on September 6. They were presented before the court upon completion of the remand. The court awarded additional four day’s custody to the police.
During interrogation the three accused revealed names of three other who had companied them to the jungles near Belgaum where they underwent training on an air pistol. The trio had conducted recce in various parts of Kolhapur to target Pansare. However, Andure, the key person, is not providing complete information, the SIT told th Court.
Andure is suspected to be the shooter who shot at Dabholkar in Pune.