Pune, Jan 30: Kolhapur Court on Tuesday granted bail to the main accused in the writer Govind Pansare murder case. The accused Virendra Tawde had been lodged in the jail since 2016 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named him as the key conspirator in a charge sheet.

Tawde, according to the reports, was granted bail after the police failed to produce strong evidence against him in the murder case. Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015, by two unidentified gunmen when on his way home from a morning walk. He died four days later on February 20. His wife, who too was shot in the skull, survived the attack but now suffers from paralysis.

Although he has been granted bail, the court has asked him to submit his passport. The court also banned him from going to Kolhapur.

Tawde was first arrested by the CBI in the Dabholkar case in June this year from Panvel and later the state SIT arrested him on September 2 this year in the Pansare case. Gaikwad was arrested in September last year in the Pansare murder case.

With inputs from agencies.