Kolhapur, Jan 30 (PTI) A sessions court here today granted bail to Hindutva leader Virendra Tawde, the main accused in the 2015 killing of Communist leader Govind Pansare. Also Read - 'Won't Lose Match As Stadium's Name is Narendra Modi': Uddhav Thackeray's Dig Over Renaming of Motera stadium
Sessions Court Judge S D Bile granted relief to Tawde as the prosecution failed to submit sufficient evidence against him. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Updates: Is Maharashtra Govt Planning to Restrict General Public From Boarding Local Trains?
The court asked Tawde to submit a personal surety of Rs 25,000. He was also directed to surrender his passport and not leave Maharashtra. Also Read - Majboori is Something: CM Thackeray Hints at Re-imposing Lockdown in Maharashtra; Read His Full Statement
However, Tawde, currently lodged at the Yerwada Prison near Pune, will remain behind bars as he is also an accused in the 2013 killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.
Tawde is the leader of the Hindu Janjagriti Samiti, believed to be an offshoot of right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha.
He was first arrested by the CBI in 2016 in connection with the Dabholkar killing case and was later arraigned as an accused in the Pansare case by the Maharashtra CID (Crime Investigation Department).
Sameer Gaikwad, another accused in the Pansare case, was granted bail in June last year by the same sessions court.
Unidentified assailants shot Pansare (85) and his wife Uma on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur.
The Left leader died in a hospital in Mumbai after four days. His wife survived the attack.
A special team of the state CID is probing the case.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.