Mumbai: CBI today told the Bombay High Court that it has zeroed in on two suspects, who are members of right wing group Sanatan Sanstha, and have put them under surveillance for their alleged involvement in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. CBI advocate Rebecca Gonsalves submitted the two names to a division bench of Justices R V More and R G Ketkar along with a status report on their probe in the 2013 murder of Dabholkar.
Gonsalves told the court that the two persons have been put under surviellance and their role is being probed. She also told the court that the agency has so far not found any evidence to link Sanatan member Rudra Patil, a wanted suspect in the 2009 Goa bomb blast case, with Dabholkar murder.
The court, which was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by the family of Dabholkar and family members of another slain activist Govind Pansare, expressed dissatisfaction after perusing CBI’s report. The court today remarked that there seems to be a nexus between the two murders and the investigating agencies should consider looking into it together.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of state CID, probing the Pansare murder, also submitted their probe report.
“We find that the SIT probing the Pansare murder case is doing a more satisfactory work and are more active than CBI. The probe in the Dabholkar case could be lagging behind because of shortage of manpower in the agency (CBI),” the court said.
State CID in its report informed the court that it would be filing its charge sheet within the 90-day period against arrested accused Sameer Gaikwad. The court has directed both the agencies to file fresh status reports by November 30.