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Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case: CBI plea to defer charges against Dr Virendrasinh Tawde rejected

The CBI arrested Tawde on June 10 this year in the Dabholkar murder case.

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A special court in Pune on Wednesday rejected the CBI’s application to defer the charges against Sanatan Sanstha seeker Dr Virendrasinh Tawde, who was arrested in connection with the murder of anti-superstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar. “The court has directed the CBI to open the case for arguing on charges on November 28,” said Tawde’s lawyer Virendra Ichalkaranjikar.

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The CBI arrested Tawde on June 10 this year in the Dabholkar murder case. On September 6, the CBI filed a chargesheet against him. It had named Tawde, along with Vinay Pawar, who has been missing since 2009 and Sarang Akolkar who is absconding in the October 2009 Goa blast case, as prime suspects.

The CBI claims that Akolkar and Pawar shot Dabholkar dead on August 20, 2013, around 7:25 pm on Omkareshwar bridge here.

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Meanwhile, the CBI had sent to the New Scotland Yard police the samples of bullets and cartridges found at the crime scenes of the murders of Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, communist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur and Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi in Dharwad, Karnataka. The forensics report will ascertain if the three were murdered using the same weapon.

On September 29, the Bombay High Court had told the CBI to obtain the forensics reports from Scotland Yard within six weeks. But the report is still awaited.

Advocate Ichalkarjikar claimed that the CBI filed the chargesheet but is delaying framing of charges. “CBI lawyer Manoj Chaladan today again filed an application before the court for keeping the opening of charge proceedings in abeyance as forensic report from Scotland Yard is awaited. But we opposed this application. CBI is not sure about when this report will be available. Also, there is no evidence against Tawde. No weapon has been recovered from Tawde. Even after filing the chargesheet, CBI is not willing to start proceedings for framing of charges. We want the proceedings to start soon,” said Ichalkaranjikar.

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“The court told the CBI that the time of six weeks given by the high court is over. So the court rejected the application filed by CBI,” he added.

First published on: 17-11-2016 at 12:35:24 am
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