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CBI gets custody of ‘second shooter’ in Dabholkar case, Kalaskar likely to be brought to Pune on Tuesday 

Kalaskar and three other accused in the arms haul case — Vaibhav Raut, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Shrikant Pangarkar — were produced before additional sessions judge Vinod Padalkar after their police remand ended.

pune Updated: Sep 04, 2018 15:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Narendra Dabholkar.(HT FILE)

A Mumbai sessions court on Monday granted the custody of Sharad Kalaskar, arrested last month by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) in connection with the seizure of arms and ammunition from different parts of the state, to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to ascertain his alleged role in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.

Kalaskar and three other accused in the arms haul case — Vaibhav Raut, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Shrikant Pangarkar — were produced before additional sessions judge Vinod Padalkar after their police remand ended.

The CBI had requested the Mumbai court to permit them to produce Kalaskar before the Pune court and he is likely to be produced in the latter court on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the judicial custody of Raut and Gondhalekar has been extended till September 15 and former Shiv Sena corporator Pangarkar’s police custody has been extended till September 6.

The CBI reasoned that it was during their interrogation of Sachin Andure — the other accused in the Dabholkar case — that Kalaskar’s involvement came to light that he was the second shooter and had fired two bullets at Dabholkar.

The judge, responding to an application filed by CBI, allowed the agency to take the custody of Kalaskar in the Dabholkar killing case.

The 67-year-old anti-superstition crusader was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne men while he was on a morning walk on the Onkareshwar bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013.

Kalaskar’s alleged role in Dabholkar’s killing came to light during his interrogation by the ATS in the arms seizure case. The ATS passed on the relevant information to the CBI, which is probing Dabholkar’s killing since 2014.

The ATS had earlier claimed the arms haul accused were suspected right-wing activists who were planning to trigger blasts at various places in Maharashtra.

With agency inputs

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 15:01 IST