Mumbai : The Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought the copies of the case diary of probe by the Pune police into the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.
A division bench of Justice P V Hardas and Justice A S Gadkari heard a public interest litigation by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar for transfer of the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The prosecutor produced the case diary in court. But the judges asked copies of it to be submitted to them “2-3 days before” the next hearing so that the “we’ll read and come prepared.”
Dabholkar’s daughter Mukta also sought time to finalise her application to intervene through her advocate Atul Almeida. The matter is posted after two weeks.
In August last year in Pune Dabholkar was shot dead. The police are still clueless about identity of the culprits.
During the last hearing the court had issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after the petitioner sought amendment in his Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking probe by the agency and not National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the murder Narendra Dabholkar
The petitioner cited ruling of high court in killing of RTI activist Satish Shetty and builder Amit Rane where investigation was handed over to the CBI by the high court.
Earlier, Pune police had informed the court that there was no evidence suggesting the involvement of right-wing extremists in the killing of Dabholkar. Police also said the deceased was not facing any threat and so there was no question of police preparing a perception report (prior to themurder) and monitoring his activities.