Mumbai :  The Bombay High Court on Monday allowed Mukta Dabholkar, daughter of  slain rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, to intervene in a public interest litigation seeking CBI probe into the murder.

A division bench headed by Justice P V Hardas allowed Mukta to intervene in a petition filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar seeking a CBI enquiry into the murder case. The court sought to know the status of the investigation, the government lawyer however said that Pune police were still probing the case.

Dabholkar, a well-known anti-superstition activist, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Pune on August 20 last year. No arrest has been made in the case so far by police.

Mukta is seeking investigation by a Special Investigating Team, drawn from various probe agencies, claiming the probe was not making headway for the past six months.

Mukta’s application said that her family felt that some precaution against political interference in the investigation was necessary due to the nature of the crime and in view of the coming elections.

The petitioner, Tirodkar had earlier sought a probe by the NIA, but later he amended the petition and demanded a CBI probe.

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