Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the investigating agencies probing the murders of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, not to limit its focus only on the arrested accused but to also take steps to nab absconding accused. A division bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre said, “We do not want you to only limit your probe to the arrested accused.
What are the steps taken to trace other accused persons who are yet to be arrested?” “We think you need to make more sincere efforts to trace the absconding accused especially because you have dedicated teams to investigate both the cases and therefore, more is expected out of you,” the judges observed. The judges were hearing a bunch of petitions filed by the family members of Dabholkar and Pansare, seeking monitoring of the probe in both the killings.
The bench has been monitoring the probe for over two years now and time and again pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and state Special Investigation Team (SIT). The CBI is probing the death of Dabholkar, who was shot dead in Pune, in August 2013 and the SIT is dealing with the murder of Pansare, who too was shot dead in February 2015 at Kolhapur.
The observations were made after the judges perused the progress reports of the CBI as well as the SIT through Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and Special Public Prosecutor Ashok Mundargi, respectively. During the course of the hearing, ASG Singh informed the bench that the CBI is awaiting a nod from the government to invoke provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against the arrested accused. – Staff Reporter