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Suspect ex-cop in Satish Shetty murder case alleges... 'CBI let the real killer get away'

Retired Police Inspector Bhausaheb Andhalkar alleges that the investigators did not probe the ‘real killer’ of Satish Shetty, Advocate Vijay Dabhade, who was arrested by his team in 2010

A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed the closure report on the murder case of RTI activist Satish Shetty, former Police Inspector Bhausaheb Andhalkar alleged that the “real killer” was none other than Advocate Vijay Dabhade, who was booked by his team when the case was with the Pune rural police. After the case was handed over to the CBI, 26 cops, including Andhalkar were also under scrutiny as suspects in the murder case.

Bhausaheb Andhalkar
Retired Police Inspector Bhausaheb Andhalkar

In 2009, when Shetty had filed a complaint that forged documents had been used to acquire land on Mumbai-Pune expressway. However, at the time, concerned government officials told the police that no plot was being taken over illegally and later no case was registered based on Shetty’s complaint. During CBI’s investigations, the team also conducted polygraph test of two accused, Siraj Bagwan and Naeem about the alleged land scam case, but no evidence could be found.

According to Andhalkar, the two cases — Satish Shetty’s murder and the complaint by his brother, Sandeep Shetty, against him and other police officers, along with IRB officials — are different. The ex-cop said that the CBI only investigated Sandeep’s case against the 26 accused, including him. “They did not investigate Satish’s murder case,” said Andhalkar, adding, “The copy of the closure report will be available to us soon, which will clear things out.”

During police investigations of the murder case, Pune rural police had arrested Dabhade and others, as their probe had revealed that he and Shetty had been involved in many disputes. Shetty had filed a case of attempt to murder against the advocate and his wife before he was killed.

The activist would pursue all cases against Dabhade and had insisted that the advocate should be externed from
the district. In return, Dabhade was allegedly following the movements of the activist and had given money to known criminals to murder him.

According to Andhalkar, all this evidence was placed on record by them during their investigation.

On Monday, speaking to mid-day, Advocate Dabhade had blamed CBI for not nabbing the actual masterminds in the case.

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