Mumbai, Aug 4: Unhappy with the delay, the Bombay High Court today asked the the CBI and Maharashtra-SIT to complete their probes soon into the killing rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and communist leader Govind Pansare and asked the central agency to arrest a suspect within ten days. The division bench asked the agencies to obtain within eight weeks the reports of forensic science laboratory of Scotland Yard on evidence in the murder cases of Dabholkar, Pansare and scholar M M Kalburgi as it felt that enough time had been lost in obtaining the opinion of a foreign lab. “If the investigations do not conclude fast, it might give an impression to the people at large that you do not want to arrest certain people,” said Justice S C Dharmadhikari, who headed the bench.(Also Read: High Court grants interim protection from arrest to Pankaj Bhujbal) Also Read - Sharad Pawar on Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Let SSR Probe Not go The Dr Narendra Dabholkar Way
“These are very sensitive cases in which well known social workers and activists have been killed,” he said, adding the agency should complete probe in a reasonable timeframe. During investigation, the CBI had noticed a pattern in the killings which indicated that the same group might have been involved as the weapons used in the crime were similar. Hence, the agency had sent bullets and empty cartridges it recovered for forensic analysis. The CBI, probing the Dabholkar killing, and Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Maharashtra, investigating the Pansare killing, today submitted fresh reports on the probe in a sealed cover which were perused by both the judges. Also Read - Narendra Dabholkar Murder Case: CBI Arrests Lawyer Representing Accused
The bench noted that the CBI report had talked about a suspect in Dabholkar murder case. In this regard, Justice Dharmadhikari asked the CBI to arrest the suspect within ten days. The court also asked the Ministry of External Affairs and the Union Home Ministry to coordinate with other departments to ensure that all permissions are in place for CBI to obtain expeditiously the forensic reports from Scotland Yard so that they can be presented before it. The bench was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by the families of Dabholkar and Pansare seeking monitoring of probes in both the cases by the high court. Also Read - Lankesh murder accused sent to SIT custody in Pansare case
Dabholkar was killed in Pune on August 20, 2013, while Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015, in Kolhapur. He succumbed to his injuries four days later. Kalburgi was shot dead on August 30 last year at his residence in Dharwad district of Karnataka by two unidentified men. The CBI and CID have been submitting periodical progress reports of their probe to the HC. Justice Dharmadhikari said that in Pansare killing case, the investigation agency (SIT) had been repeatedly saying that the probe would end in near future. “There should be a time frame and investigations should end in a reasonable period,” he said, adding the probed should be brought to their logical end.