PUNE: The court of special judge AS Bhaisare on Friday rejected the second bail application of Sanatan Sanstha member Virendra Tawade who was arrested for his alleged role in the murder of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar.
Manoj Chaladan, special public prosecutor appearing for CBI argued that Tawade cannot be granted bail as CBI is investigating about his connections with Amol Kale, a native of Pune who was arrested by Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka police in Gauri Lankesh murder case.
Tawade, an ENT surgeon and member of Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS), an off-shoot of Sanatan Sanstha, was arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in June 2016 from Panvel for his alleged role in Dabholkar’s murder.
In October 2017, his first bail application was rejected by the additional sessions court in Pune. The CBI has termed Tawade as a key conspirator in the case. The agency filed a charge sheet in September 2017 in a special court in Pune. His first bail plea was opposed by CBI, as they stated that Tawade may influence witnesses in the case. Also, the two accused, Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar. were absconding and still are. Dabholkar was murdered on August 20, 2013, on the bridge near Omkareshwar temple while he was out on a morning walk.
After his arrest by CBI in 2016, Kolhapur police also took custody of Tawade in connection with the murder of rationalist Govind Pansare, who was shot outside his home on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur and succumbed to his injuries four days later.