The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a charge-sheet in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, wherein it booked Sanatan Sanstha activist Dr Virendra Tawde for criminal conspiracy and murder of rationalist Dabholkar.
The charge-sheet was filed in the CBI court, Pune, on Tuesday evening, 87 days after the probe agency arrested Tawade as the co-conspirator. According to CBI spokesperson, Tawde has been booked ‘under sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code’. The CBI has also named Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar, both Sanatan activists who are on the run since the Goa blast, as suspects in the charge-sheet.
Tawde, an Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) specialist, was arrested on June 10 from his Panvel residence after probe agency discovered that he was in touch with Akolkar through e-mails.
Responding to the filing of charge sheet, Dabholkar’s son Hamid said, “Submission of the charge sheet by CBI is an important development in the case. The CBI should arrest others involved in Dabholkar’s murder.”
Dabholkar, a prominent anti-superstition crusader, was murdered on August 20, 2013. He was on his morning stroll when two bike-borne youths, in their mid-twenties, came from behind and fired four rounds at close range. The case was handed over to the CBI after the city police failed to achieve any breakthrough.