Pune: Over eight years after RTI activist Satish Shetty was brutally killed near his residence in Talegaon, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to find his killers. The agency on Monday submitted a final report in the Pune district court and gave clean chit to four out of six accused persons it had named initially.
Shetty was murdered on January 13, 2010. He had filed complaints against E-way land grabbing against IRB Infrastructure company and some government officials in 2009.
The CBI has been investigating the case since September 2010 and filed a closure report in 2014 saying it will probe the Expressway land scam (last month the agency had discharged IRB officials including its CMD Virendra Mhaiskar in the land scam). In February 2015, the agency re-opened the murder case.
The special crime branch of the central agency arraigned accused including Mhaiskar, Jayant Dangre, a liaison officer, lawyer Ajit Balwant Kulkarni, both from IRB, and police inspector Bhausaheb Andhalkar and assistant police inspector Namdev Kauthale of Pune rural police Local Crime Branch (LCB) and DySP (Lonavla) Dilip Shinde. Later Andhalkar and Kauthale were chargesheeted and currently they are out on bail, while the trial is on. A CBI spokesperson said, “The trial will continue against the two accused who have been chargesheeted. No prosecutable evidences have been found against the four others. The final report was submitted on Monday.” According to CBI, Andhalkar conspired, fabricated and manipulated evidence, while Kauthale created false evidence and brought fake eye-witnesses to shield the real conspirators.
Shetty’s brother Sandeep told Sakal Times, “I was prepared for it. The CBI does not talk to me but the accused who got copy of the CBI report but I (the complainant) am yet to be told about it. All the mighty people are being shielded. I will file appeal soon.”
In a statement, Mhaiskar said, “This finally brings visibility to the long drawn investigation and once again proves the fact that we are law abiding citizens with no criminal intent and have utmost respect towards the law of land and judiciary.