The state government has finally cancelled the appointment of the city lawyer Shashibhushan Wahane as the additional special public prosecutor (Adl SPP) to conduct the trial of sensational Khairlanji Dalit massacre.
Shashibhushan, son of former High Court judge Justice Bhau Wahane, is himself a Dalit activist and was appointed as the Adl SPP after the Khairlanji victim Bhaiyyalal Bhotmanage insisted for it a few months back. He was appointed along with noted lawyer, Ujjal Nikam and the CBI counsel, Ejaj Khan. However, later Bhotmange approached the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court and contested the appointment of Wahane.
While objecting his appointment, Bhotmange said that he had no faith on Wahane and hence his appointment should be cancelled. "I was assured by the Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and the Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil that the public prosecutors of the Khairlanji case would be my choice. However, it was not considered while appointing them," he pointed out.
Bowing to the pressure from Bhotmange and some other social organisations here, the government has finally cancelled the appointment of Wahane on Thursday. The development was also conveyed to a division bench of Bombay High Court here.
Four members of Bhotmanage family; Surekha, wife of Bhaiyyalal, his young daughter, Priyanka and sons, Sudhir and Roshan were brutally killed by a section of caste Hindus on September 29 last year at Khairlanji village in Bhandara district. The incident had created a storm of protest all over the state and the negligence in investigation was a key issue.
The trial of the case has already begun by a special court in Bhandara.