The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Maharashtra CID to probe the killing of Left leader Govind Pansare told the bench Wednesday that it was waiting for the CBI custody of “some of the accused persons” to end, so that it could probe their role, if any, in the Pansare case. Pansare, a Leftist thinker, was shot at on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. He succumbed to injuries four days later.
The SIT said it was likely to get the custody of the accused within a week. The CBI and the state CID are probing the killings of Dabholkar and Pansare, respectively. Both the investigating agencies also submitted their respective progress reports before the bench in sealed covers Wednesday.
The bench has directed them to file further progress reports by November 22 this year, the next date of hearing. The bench also cautioned Maharashtra ATS Chief Atulchandra Kulkarni against “divulging” any facts of its probe into the killings of Pansare and Dabholkar to the media or members of the public.
The high court has been monitoring the probe through advocate Abhay Nevagiinto both the cases on a plea filed by the kin of Pansare and Dabholkar.]]>
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The CBI in August had arrested Sachin Andure, one of the two suspected shooters who had allegedly fired at Dabholkar. The CBI had told the Bombay High Court earlier that it suspected a link between the killings of Lankesh and Dabholkar, and that it would soon make some definite progress in the investigation.