Pune: The hearing on the plea filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the murder case of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar will be held in a Pune court on Thursday. The CBI has sought an extension of up to 90 days, in the plea, for filing a supplementary charge sheet against the accused. The last date to file the supplementary chargesheet falls on November 18. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Case: CBI, AIIMS Medical Board to Meet on Tuesday, September 22
The six persons accused in the murder case are Hindu Janajagruti Samiti member and ENT surgeon Virendrasinh Tawde, Sachin Andure, Sharad Kalaskar, Rajesh Bangera, Amol Kale and Amit Digvekar. They will be charged under sections 15 and 16 (acts of terror) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Case: CBI Likely to Visit Late Actor’s Bandra House Today
On Tuesday, the court had issued a notice to defence lawyer Dharamraj Chandel, a representative of the two alleged shooters Sharad Kalaskar and Sachin Andure, to file his say on the CBI’s plea. A report by The Hindustan Times quoted CBI counsel Vijaykumar Dhakane as saying, “The killing of Dabholkar is connected to Kalburgi and Pansare and investigations are on in the case. The intention behind killing all these people is to create terror in society. ” Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death: CBI to Record Late Actor’s Father KK Singh’s Statement Today
Marathi rationalist Dabholkar, 67, was gunned down in August 2013 when he was out on a morning walk on the Omkareshwar bridge in Pune. Earlier, the CBI had claimed that the “mastermind” behind the murder conspiracy of Dabholkar and veteran CPI leader and rationalist Govind Pansare was Tawde. As per the investigators, Kale had allegedly supplied firearms and a two-wheeler to Andure and Kalaskar who were also responsible for Dabholkar’s murder.
Govind Pansare was gunned down by unidentified assailants at Kolhapur in Maharashtra on February 16, 2015. Four days after the attack, Pansare succumbed to his injuries. The two accused, Bangera and Kale, were also accused in the murder case of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh. Lankesh was shot dead in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.
(With Agency inputs)