Pune activist murder case: Six police officers under CBI scanner

  • Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 21:59 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), re-investigating the January 2010 murder of Pune-based RTI activist Satish Shetty, took under its scanner six local police officers for their alleged role at the time the crime was probed by the state police.

Those under the scanner include officers who had allegedly wrongfully arrested a suspect, whose absence at the crime scene has been established by eyewitnesses’ accounts, and another set of officers who kept in telephonic contact with some case suspects, said a CBI source.

“Those who arrested a suspect without sufficient evidence had also attempted to plant fake evidence on him,” said the source. The agency suspects that the crime could be linked to Shetty’s police complaint in 2009 against certain unauthorised sale of land.

“Eyewitnesses confirmed the arrested person had not been present at the crime scene,” said the source. The source said, “There was also an attempt to plant fabricated evidence against him,” said the source.

The agency’s analysis of CDR (call data record) of a few suspects allegedly showed their constant telephonic conversations with a few police officers. “The CDRs showed that there were several telephonic exchanges from the time Shetty’s complaint against alleged land-sale irregularities was lodged to the period and continued during the period the probe was being probed by the local police,” said the source.

“We are examining if there were deliberate attempts to botch up the probe to protect the actual culprits,” said the source.

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