New Delhi: Amol Kale, a right-wing activist who was involved in the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was sent to 14-day magistrate custody on Friday. On September 6, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had taken Kale, the prime accused in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, in its custody in connection with its probe in Dabholkar’s murder case. Also Read - Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case: Supreme Court Grants 3 Months Time to CBI to Complete Probe
The CBI had produced him before Shivajinagar Court Judicial Magistrate SMA Sayyad who sent him to eight days’ custody (till september 14). An official had claimed that during Kale’s interrogation, his alleged role in Dabholkar’s killing also came to light. Also Read - Saradha Chit Fund Scam: CBI Interrogates Senior Kolkata Police Official, Another Cop Skips Summons
In the Dabholkar killing case, there are five accused: Sachin Andure, Sharad Kalaskar and the aforementioned trio (Kale, Bangera and Digvekar). Also Read - Disproportionate Assets Case: CBI Gives Clean Chit to Mulayam Singh Yadav, Son Akhilesh; Says 'no Evidence Found' Against SP Leaders
According to the investigators, Kale allegedly provided firearms and a two-wheeler to Andure and Kalaskar who killed Dabholkar. Andure and Kalaskar were nabbed by the Maharashtra ATS last month and their role in the Dabholkar case was revealed during their interrogation.
Dabholkar was killed in Pune on 20 August, 2013, while Lankesh was shot dead outside her residence at Bengaluru in Karnataka on 5 September, 2017.