High court raps CBI, SIT for shoddy probe Af­ter two-week res­ig­na­tion drama, Ka­mat makes a come­back to Cong

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aye­sha Arvind aye­sha.arvind@hin­dus­tan­times.com Naren­dra Dab­holkar (left) and Govind Pansare HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Bombay high court (HC) came down heav­ily on the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) and the state-ap­pointed spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­ders of ra­tio­nal­ist Naren­dra Dab­holkar and CPI leader Govind Pansare over the “shoddy probe”, “un­sat­is­fac­tory, in­sipid progress” and their fail­ure to “pro­tect wit­nesses and pre­vent cru­cial probe-re­lated in­for­ma­tion from get­ting leaked”.

A di­vi­sion bench com­pris­ing jus­tices SC Dhar­mad­hikari and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi trashed the CBI’s ‘progress re­port’ in the Dab­holkar case, stat­ing it was a mere col­lec­tion of “news re­ports” that could at best be used as a “script for films”.

The court has now granted the agen­cies six weeks to come up with some­thing con­crete. It has asked the CBI to get a bal­lis­tic re­port from the foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory in Scot­land Yard on the bul­lets and car­tridges re­cov­ered from the bod­ies of Dab­holkar, Pansare and Kan­nada au­thor MM Kal­burgi.

The bench said the CBI’s con­duct in guard­ing in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the probe was “ju­ve­nile”.

Congress leader and former union min­is­ter Gu­ru­das Ka­mat said he will con­tinue work­ing for the party un­der the lead­er­ship of So­nia Gandhi on Thurs­day, ap­par­ently af­ter the party high com­mand con­vinced him to with­draw his res­ig­na­tion and sent him of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion to re­sume work on Wed­nes­day night. The U-turn comes two weeks af­ter a strongly-worded res­ig­na­tion an­nounce­ment led to high drama at the party of­fice in Mum­bai .

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