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HC clubs petitions on probe by SIT, CBI in Dabholkar, Pansare killings

A division bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday referred to the Chief Justice a bunch of petitions seeking a probe by top investigating agencies into the murder of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.

Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare-AV

The petitions — seeking probe by Special Investigating Team (SIT) in Pansare murder case and by CBI in Dabholkar killing case — were combined together by a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka and referred to Chief Justice D H Waghela praying that a new bench be constituted to hear them. Earlier, these petitions were being heard by different benches.

A petition, filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar, seeking a probe by CBI in both the cases, came up for hearing on Wednesday before Justice Abhay Oka who clubbed them along with similar such petitions and referred them to the Chief Justice. One petition each has been filed by the families of Dabholkar and Pansare.

In the petition seeking transfer of probe to CBI in Dabholkar murder case, Tirodkar pleaded that the High Court had ordered this agency to probe the matter but kept the petition pending to know the progress in the matter.

Likewise, the court should also order a CBI probe into the Pansare killing case because of similarities involved in the murder of the two activists, he added.

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