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Dabholkar murder: CBI to conduct polygraph test on 2 Sanatan members

india Updated: Feb 18, 2016 10:36 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times
Narendra Dabholkar

File photo of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar who was shot dead by two unidentified persons on the mornign of August 20, 2013. (HT File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation probing the Narendra Dabholkar murder will conduct polygraph test on two Sanatan Sanstha members after the agency found inconsistencies in their statements.

Hearing the application filed by CBI, the judicial magistrate (first class) of a Pune court on Wednesday allowed the investigating agency to conduct the lie detector test on Hemant Sharad Shinde and Nilesh Madhukar Shinde.

Hemant and Nilesh were “found deceptive in their forensic psychology assessment and forensic statement analysis,” the CBI said in its application seeking the court’s nod to conduct test on Sanatan members.

According to CBI, both of them have already consented to the test.

While questioning them, CBI asked about their locations on the morning of August 20, 2013 when Dabholkar was shot dead. The answers given by duo and the information available with the investigating agency did not match, according to a source.

According to sources, Hemant and Nilesh have been under CBI scanner after their mobile locations were traced in the vicinity where Dabholkar was murdered. Hemant is a resident of Shivaji Nagar Gaothan, an area near Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge where Dabholkar was shot dead by two unidentified persons while Nilesh stays in Mangalwar Peth.

The investigating agency has told the Bombay high court that it has zeroed in on two suspects in connection with Dabholkar murder case.

The Sanatan Sanstha in the past has denied the involvement of its Seekers in rationalist’s killing while accusing CBI of framing its members. In his press conference held at Mumbai on November 26, 2015, Sanatan spokesperson Abhay Vartak alleged that “CBI has summarily overlooked the fact that its members were visiting the area where Dabholkar was murdered for several months before for distributing and delivering daily newspaper Sanatan Prabhat and their presence in the area had nothing to do with the murder.”

Dabholkar, a prominent anti-superstition crusader was killed while on morning stroll when two bike-borne youth in their mid-twenties came from the rear and fired four bullets at close range. The case was handed over to CBI after the city police failed to achieve any breakthrough.

The CBI will conduct polygraph test on Sanatan members at Central Forensic Science laboratory at Belapur in Navi Mumbai.