Dabholkar Murder Case: Pune Sessions Court grants bail to accused, CBI fails to file chargesheet

Two of the three accused, Rajesh Bangera and Amit Degvekar, are being investigated by SIT in connection with the Gauri Lankesh murder case

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After Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to file a chargesheet against the accused in Narendra Dabholkar murder case, Pune Sessions Court on Friday granted bail to the three accused in connection with the case. 

The accused including Amol Kale, Rajesh Bangera, and Amit Degvekar were charged under Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA) and CBI failed to file a chargesheet against them in a time span of 90 days. The accused filed a bail plea on Thursday on the same grounds. 

After the accused are arrested under UAPA, the given time for filing a chargesheet is 90 days. However, the investigating agency can appeal for an extension of another 90 days. In this case, the extension was not applied by the CBI which made the accused eligible to get bail. 

Of the accused, two – Bangera and Degvekar – are under Special Investigation Team (SIT) judicial custody for Gauri Lankesh murder case. Moreover, Kale is also being investigated regarding the murder of Govind Pansare by SIT.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had also suggested CBI that if there are any links between the murders of Gauri Lankes, Dabholkar, Pansare, and MM Kalburgi they can take over the investigation in all four cases. 

Earlier on August 20, 2013, Rationalist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead in Pune. Dabholkar openly spoke against the superstitious practices in Maharashtra and was the crusader of Anti-Superstitious law in the state. 

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