Dab­holkar, Pansare, Kal­burgi mur­ders: CBI seeks more time

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI The Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) told the Bom­bay high court on Thurs­day that it will take “six more weeks” to get the bal­lis­tics re­port from Scot­land Yard that will help it con­clude whether or not a sin­gle firearm was used to mur­der ra­tio­nal­ists Naren­dra Dab­holkar, Govind Pansare, as well as Kan­nada scholar MM Kal­burgi.

While the CBI had sought the court’s per­mis­sion in Au­gust to send the foren­sic sam­ples to the Scot­land Yard, for an ‘ad­vanced anal­y­sis’, the probe agency is yet to despatch sam­ples.

On Thurs­day, how­ever, Ad­di­tional So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Anil Singh, who ap­peared for the CBI, told the high court that “it was only a mat­ter of days now,” since, it was “an­tic­i­pat­ing an af­fir­ma­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Scot­land Yard.”

Fol­low­ing this, a “se­nior of­fi­cial will be sent there with the sam­ples and he will re­turn only once he gets the bal­lis­tics re­port.”

At this the di­vi­sion bench said that this was the “last chance” that it would grant to the probe agency to se­cure the re­port.

The bench was hear­ing a plea filed by Dab­holkar and Pansare’s fam­ily seek­ing ex­pe­di­tion of probes and that their progress be mon­i­tored by the court.

While Dab­holkar was killed in Pune in 2013, Pansare was mur­dered in Kol­ha­pur last year.

The CBI and the state CID’S spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions team (SIT), which are prob­ing the Dab­holkar and Pansare mur­ders re­spec­tively, have been cit­ing the de­lay in ob­tain­ing the bal­lis­tics re­port as an ‘ex­cuse’ for the scanty progress made in their probes.

On Thurs­day, the bench also pulled up the SIT say­ing that the progress re­ports sub­mit­ted in sealed cov­ers be­fore the bench were more of a “the­sis” than a probe re­port.

“You (SIT) have been sub­mit­ting such re­ports af­ter the re­ports in court,” the bench ob­served.

“But when will these the­ses take a con­crete shape and trans­late into ac­tion. Why don’t you ac­cept that you are in­com­pe­tent for un­til the CBI came into the pic­ture you had not done any­thing,” it said.

The HC is likely to take up the mat­ter for fur­ther hear­ing on Novem­ber 23 .

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