HC transfer investigation of Dhabolkar murder case to CBI
Bombay High Court today transferred the investigation from state police to the Central Bureau of Investigation in the anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar murder case.
The court passed the order during the hearing of a public interest litigation asking for the transfer alleging that state police has failed to arrest the actual culprits. After the murder of Dabholkar in Pune by unknown assailants on August 20 last year, the Pune police had been investigating the matter. However, with no results emerging in the high-profile case, journalist Ketan Tirodkar filed the PIL in the court. ''The PIL is allowed and the case is being transferred to CBI,'' said Justice P V Hardas as he delivered the order.
So far, the main conspirators have not been arrested. Those who were arrested were let out on bail. During the hearing of the PIL, the Pune police, which was investigating the case, had submitted its diaries and investigation reports to the court relating to the investigation.
Yesterday, the court asked the CBI about its stand. However, the court restrained from passing an order because the CBI lawyer argued that there was no need to transfer the matter as there were no allegations related to the investigation levelled against the Pune police or the state. But Mr Tirodkar pleaded that even if no allegations were made against authorities, the probe in a criminal case could be transferred to CBI if it has national or international ramifications.
The same was agreed by the court today.
(Posted on 10-05-2014)