Sessions court seeks case diary of Dabholkar murder

Additional Sessions and District Judge S T Dhavale yesterday issued an order, directing the public prosecutor and investigating officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Rajendra Bhamare in the Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case, to produce the case diary in the court tomorrow.

Arms dealer Manish Ramvilas Nagori (24), and his aide Vikas Ramavatar Khandelwal (22), the two persons arrested in connection with the killing, filed a revision petition in the court for setting aside the lower court’s order which remanded them in police custody till February 4.

The Pune Crime Branch arrested Nagori and Khandelwal on January 21 under charges of providing firearms to the unknown persons who shot dead Dr Dabholkar at Omkareshwar Bridge in Narayan Peth on August 20. After their arrest, the duo was remanded in police custody for seven days and this was extended by another seven days till February 4 by Judicial Magistrate (First Class) A B Shaikh.

While arguing that the two accused be sent to judicial custody, defence counsel B A Aloor had said that there was no progress in the investigations and that the firearms allegedly used in the crime was already recovered, due to which the physical presence of the his clients was not required further.

“The prosecution says that Nagori and Khandelwal were only involved in providing arms to the suspects. The two had no role in murdering Dr Dabholkar. Hence, only a case under the Arms Act can be made out against the two,” said Aloor. “The lower court, however, without mentioning any reason about why further police custody of the suspects was required by the police, has passed the order of extension of their police custody,” Aloor stated.

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