CBI hires foreign agency to help find Dabholkar murder weapons

MUMBAI: The CBI on Friday told the Bombay HC that it has engaged a foreign agency to dredge the Thane creek to recover weapons allegedly used in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.

A bench of Justices Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel were informed by additional solicitor general Anil Singh that the agency’s expert is expected to arrive within a couple of days.

The court is monitoring the probe by the CBI into Dabholkar’s killing and by a special investigation team of Maharashtra police in CPI leader Govind Pansare’s murder. On July 4, the court had lambasted the state government for not allowing the CBI to dredge the creek citing a legal hitch. But government pleader Priyabhushan Kakade informed that following HC’s direction, a meeting was held, including with Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, to render the CBI the necessary assistance, and he submitted a site report.

The judges, in their order, said the report states that after the expert arrives, the site will be inspected. As the water recedes, a ramp will be constructed and thereafter, the work will commence. The judges will take an update on both cases on September 16. Dabholkar was shot dead by two motorbike-borne assailants on Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013.

Source: Times of India

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