New Delhi: The three accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case were granted bail by the Pune Sessions Court Friday as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not file chargesheet against them within a period of 90 days.
The three accused- Amol Kale, Rajesh Bangera and Amit Degvekar are at present in judicial custody. While Bangera and Degvekar are in the custody in connection with SIT in Gauri Lankesh murder case, Kale is in the custody of SIT, probing the murder of Govind Pansare.
The development came after the accused filed a bail application Thursday stating that CBI had not sought additional time from the court to file supplementary chargesheet against the accused under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The stipulated time for filing a chargesheet in UAPA cases is 90 days after the date of arrest, following which the investigating agency can seek a 90-day extension.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had told the CBI that if there was any ‘common thread’ in the murders of journalist Gauri Lankesh, activists Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar and rationalist M M Kalburgi, it can take over the probe in all four cases.
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.