HC wants results in  Dabholkar murder

Slams govt and probe agencies for no progress in cases

Mumbai : After perusing the investigation reports submitted by the agencies probing the murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and comrade Govind Pansare, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday slammed the government and the investigating agencies (CBI and CID) for no progress in the probe.

A division bench presided by Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi while hearing a petition filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar, pulled up the government and the agencies since they were not satisfied by the investigative reports so far.

The court said that it is not expecting reports from the agencies but it is interested to see the results in the probe. The court also asked the agencies to show promptness while investigating such cases since both the agencies are premier ones and they should demonstrate vigilance.

In the progress report filed by the state government which mentions names of some suspicious people and organizations, the government said that it is tracking these people. On hearing this, the court said that it would not accept the names.

The court said that the officers who visit these places (mentioned in the report) should not go there as if visiting some holy places; they should rather go there without any fear and carry out the investigations. The court also said that the holy places can sometimes be ‘dens of crime’.

The bench told the officers investigating the case that there can be ‘indirect’ hurdles for them and if there are any, the officers should come out and inform the court about the same.

During the hearing, the CBI informed the court that it was planning to send abroad, the FSL report of the bullets but it can only send the same if the Kolhapur court allows them so as the Pune court has already allowed the agency.

The court has directed the agencies to file report on further progress in the probe.

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