Dabholkar, Pansare Murder Case: Bombay HC slams CM Devendra Fadnavis over pace of investigation

Bombay High Court said that a political leader belongs to the state and not just any single party

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Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is busy campaigning for his party – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, Bombay High Court slammed the Chief Minister over the slow pace of the investigation into the killings of Rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and Comrade Govind Pansare. 

On August 20, 2013, Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune and Pansare was killed on February 6, 2015, in Kolhapur. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been investigating the murder of the Rationalist Narendra Dabholkar while Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is probing into the murder of Comrade Govind Pansare. 

Reacting to this, the Court asked whether CM Fadnavis has the time to take stock of the cases. A bench of Justice SC Dharmadhikari and Justice BP Kolabawala said that it was shameful that the court has to intervene for every investigation. 

What is the Chief Minister doing? He holds 11 departments, including Home, but has no time take stock of the matters. A political leader belongs to the state and not any single party,” the Bombay HC asserted.

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The HC further informed the investigation agencies that they have till April 26 to further conduct the probe into both the cases. 

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