Govind Pansare murder: Kolhapur court grants bail to Virendra Tawade
The district and sessions judge while granting bail to Tawade asked him to surrender passport and not to step out of the state.pune Updated: Jan 31, 2018 15:32 IST
A local court in Kolhapur on Tuesday granted bail to Virendra Tawade, an activist of Sanatan Sanstha and suspect in the murder of leftist leader Govind Pansare case. Tawade, also a suspect in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, will however continue to be in jail.
The district and sessions judge while granting bail to Tawade asked him to surrender passport and not to step out of the state. The court has also asked Tawade to remain present before the investigating agency ever Saturday. Earlier, the Kolhapur court had granted bail to another Sanatan Sanstha member Samir Gaikwad, arrested in connection with the murder of communist leader Pansare. The court accepted Gaikwad’s bail plea and ordered his release with some conditions, including a personal bond of Rs 25,000.
Govind Pansare and his wife Uma were shot at by two unidentified persons on their way home from a morning walk in Kolhapur on February 15, 2015. Five days after the attack, Pansare succumbed to bullet injuries at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai.
Following the attack, the government had constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to crack the Pansare case. The SIT arrested Tawade, days after he was apprehended by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Dabholkar murder case, based on the “common links” between the two murders.