The apex court showed an inclination to transfer the case to Bombay High Court, which is overseeing investigations of the murder of Narendra Dabolkar and Govind Pansare.

You have done nothing SC raps Ktaka govt for laxity in Kalburgi murder probe
news Crime Monday, November 26, 2018 - 15:05

Over three years after Sahitya Akademi award winner, academic and rationalist MM Kalburgi was murdered, the Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the Karnataka police for not progressing on the investigation.

The apex court asked the state government to submit a progress report on the course of the investigations in two weeks and said the court might transfer the case to the Bombay High Court on account of the government’s laxity.

"You haven't done anything, investigated nothing, you are only trying to pull out," News18 quoted the Supreme Court bench as saying.

The Bombay High Court is overseeing investigations of the murder of rationalists— Professor Narendra Dabholkar in Pune in August 2013  and CPI leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur in February 2015.

In January 2018, Kalburgi’s wife, Uma Devi had approached the Supreme Court expressing dissatisfaction with the investigation by the CID and had sought a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by a retired judge. She had suggested that there was a similarity in the murders of Dabholkar and Pansare.

MM Kalburgi was killed on August 30, 2015, at his Dharwad residence by an unidentified gunman who knocked at his door and then opened fire. Three days after his death, then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led cabinet had handed the investigations to the state’s Crime Investigation Department.

The Supreme Court’s observations come in the wake of the Special Investigation Team in Karnataka, which is probing the murder of noted journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, filing a chargesheet in which it stated that the same gun used for murdering Gauri was used for murdering Kalburgi and Pansare.

Meanwhile, a source in the CID which is probing the Kalburgi murder has citied helplessness in the case. The source claimed that even though there are clues to suggest the perpetrators, it cannot be proven in a court of law. The officer said that the only way they could establish the case in a court of law is by getting the murder weapon and for the same, it is coordinating with the SIT probing the Gauri Lankesh case.

Earlier in September, the CID had taken 14-day custody of the two accused in the Gauri case — Ganesh Miskin and Amit Baddi. Previously, officials of the SIT probing the journalist’s murder had said that those two accused in the Gauri case had admitted to carrying out a recce at Kalburgi’s residence.




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