After eight years within the case that shook Maharashtra, lastly the 5 accused can be heard
Eight years after they have been shot by motorcycle-borne assailants throughout a morning stroll in Pune, a particular court docket on September 15 lastly framed expenses in opposition to the 5 accused within the homicide of eminent rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar.
The framing of expenses paves the way in which for a protracted pending trial within the case that shook Maharashtra.
The accused embody ENT specialist Dr. Virendrasinh Tawde, a member of the Sanatan Sanstha, referred to by the investigating businesses because the “mastermind”; Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, who’ve been named as shooters by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI); Sanatan Sanstha’s lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar; and one other establishment member Vikram Bhave.
When Extra Classes Choose SR Navander requested every of the 5 whether or not they had pleaded responsible to the fees or not, all of the accused replied within the unfavorable.
Whereas the 4 accused are to be tried for homicide, prison conspiracy and terrorism beneath Part 16 of the Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act and varied provisions of the Arms Act, advocate Punalekar, who’s at present out on bail, can be tried. . destruction of proof.
Tawde appeared for the listening to via video convention from Yerwada Jail, Andure from Aurangabad Jail and Kalaskar from Mumbai’s Arthur Street Jail. Each Punalekar and Bhave have been current within the Pune court docket on September 15.
The court docket directed the shifting of Andure and Kalaskar to Yerwada jail earlier than the graduation of the trial.
Commenting on the event, Dr. Hamid Dabholkar, son of the slain rationalist, stated that regardless that the date for framing of expenses has come too late, it is a crucial step within the case.
“For a few years because the crime, we have been involved whether or not the criminals would ever be discovered and whether or not they could be dropped at trial. Secondly, the mastermind is but to be traced. Therefore, a CBI investigation was performed beneath the supervision of the Bombay Excessive Court docket. Going by, we hope that those that conspired to kill Dr. Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, scholar MM Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh will ultimately be dropped at justice,” stated Hamid Dabholkar.
Dabholkar was gunned down with a 7.65 mm caliber country-made pistol throughout his morning stroll on the Omkareshwar Bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013.
The CBI had first arrested Tawde in 2016 and a cost sheet was filed in opposition to him in September 2016.
Sharad Kalaskar and Sachin Andure have been arrested in August 2018 and supplementary chargesheet in opposition to each was filed in February 2019. Advocates Sanjeev Punalekar and Vikram Bhave have been arrested in Might 2019 in reference to the homicide and the chargesheet was filed in November that 12 months. Nonetheless, each have been later granted bail.
Because the assassination of Dabholkar, senior communist chief Govind Pansare and his spouse Uma have been equally shot from shut vary with two 7.65 mm country-made weapons in Kolhapur in February 2015, killing Pansare.
The identical modus operandi was used within the homicide of scholar-rationalist MM Kalburgi, who was murdered outdoors his dwelling in Dharwad in Karnataka by two unidentified assailants, in addition to senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot outdoors his Bengaluru residence in September 2017. was murdered.