Ex­pe­dite ra­tio­nal­ists’ cases: HC

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Terming the trend of elim­i­na­tion of per­sons who op­pose wrong­do­ings ‘dan­ger­ous’, the Bom­bay High Court, while hear­ing the pe­ti­tion on the 2015 mur­der of Com­mu­nist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur and that of ra­tio­nal­ist Dr Naren­dra Dab­holkar in 2013 in Pune, said that be­tween ad­journ­ments some ‘pre­cious life’ had been lost. The court asked the state to ex­pe­dite in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the two mur­der cases. The bench re­ferred to the gun­ning down of jour­nal­ist Gauri Lankesh in Ben­galuru re­cently to re­it­er­ate its ob­ser­va­tions. “One more pre­cious life was lost last month when in an un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent, a lib­eral, like-minded per­son was killed in Ben­galuru,” said the bench.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies have sub­mit­ted chargesheets in the Dab­holkar and Pansare cases, but the al­leged shoot­ers in both the cases are still on the run. A di­vi­sion bench was hear­ing pe­ti­tions filed by the kin of Dab­holkar and Pansare seek­ing an ex­pe­di­tious court-mon­i­tored probe into their mur­ders. The pe­ti­tion­ers had also aired ap­pre­hen­sions that the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies were not prob­ing the role of the right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha in the killings.

Govind Pansare Naren­dra Dab­holkar

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