More questions crop up as CBI ‘solves’ Dabholkar case
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More questions crop up as CBI ‘solves’ Dabholkar case

The claim made by CBI in chargesheet contradicts the latest arrest of Andure, who, according to probe agency, is one of the assailants in Dabholkar case.

pune Updated: Aug 20, 2018 15:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The security was tightened at the Pune district court when CBI produced Sachin Audure, accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder case, on Sunday. (RAVINDRA JOSHI/ HT PHOTO )

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday said Sachin Andure, 26, conspired Narendra Dabholkar’s killing along with Virendra Tawade, a TNT specialist who was arrested in the case in June 2010. CBI in its remand report filed in a court to seek the custody of Andure termed him “one of the two shooters” who along with Tawade “hatched a conspiracy” to kill Dabholkar on August 20, 2013.

The latest arrest by CBI however has raised more questions even as the probe agency has maintained it has solved the five-year-old murder of the rationalist that shook the state and the nation. Earlier, Pune police had arrested two alleged arms dealers Vikas Khandelwal and Manish Nagori in Dabholkar’s killing. The police however had to release both as prosecution failed to submit charge sheet within the stipulated period of 90 days.

Later when CBI took over the probe and arrested Tawade, a TNT specialist, the agency in its chargesheet against him named two Sanatan Sanstha members Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar as shooters who killed Dabholkar.

In its chargesheet against Tawade filed on September 7, 2016, CBI said, “The investigation has established through oral and documentary evidences that Virendra Tawade, who harbored enmity and hatred towards Dabholkar owing to the ideological differences between anti-superstition committee and Sanatan Sanstha criminally conspired with Vinay Pawar and Sarang Akolkar and others to murder Narendra Dabholkar and in pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, Pawar and Akolkar shot dead Dabholkar.”

The claim made by CBI in chargesheet contradicts the latest arrest of Andure, who, according to probe agency, is one of the assailants in Dabholkar case.

“The investigating agencies have been coming up with one theory after another. All their theories have fallen flat in the past,” said Prakash Salsingikar, defence counsel for Andure. According to Salsingikar, CBI has acted under ‘political’ and ‘social’ pressure as the case is big and being watched by many.

CBI refuted defence counsel’s charge saying the mention of Akolkar and Pawar in the chargesheet was based on the resemblance of their faces with killers as depicted through sketches. “The sketches were artists’ impression based on information provided by witnesses,” said Vijaykumar Dhakane, CBI counsel.

Two unidentified motorbike persons killed Dabholkar on August 20, 2013 when the rationalist was returning home from morning walk.

First Published: Aug 20, 2018 15:20 IST