Family of slain scholar Kalburgi approaches SC 

Prateek Goyal
Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Two years after the murder there are still no leads in the investigations

Pune: Slain Kannada scholar and rationalist Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi's family has knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court (SC) to get justice after having waited for over two years with no leads in the investigation being conducted by the CBI and the Karnataka State CID department. 

A petition was filed by Umadevi Kalburgi, wife of the slain scholar in the SC on December 14, 2017. In the petition number 41108/ 2017 Uma Devi Kalburgi Vs Union of India, the petitioner also made the Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa governments, the National Investigation Agency and the CBI as respondents. 

The petition addressed to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and his companion justices of Supreme Court states, "This writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India pleads for issuance of a writ in the nature of mandamus or any other appropriate writ, order or directions to respondent No 3 (The State of Karnataka) to appoint an independent special dedicated investigation team of the Karnataka police under the supervision of a retired judge of the Supreme Court or High Court to conduct investigation into the conspiracy and gruesome murder of late professor MM Kalburgi and seeks certain directions to other respondents to extend cooperation to such team and proactively provide support for investigation." 

When contacted Shrivijay Kalburgi, son of the slain professor, said, "Yes, we have filed a petition and it is in process. However, I cannot comment on the issue." 

Kalburgi was murdered on August 30, 2015 by two unidentified persons, who came on a motorcycle and shot him dead at his house in Dharwad. The assailants knocked on the door of his house and shot him dead shortly after his wife opened the door. 

The case was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Karnataka police. The only finding made by the CID, with help of the Karnataka Forensic Science Laboratory is that that he was shot dead with a 7.65-mm pistol, which was the same gun used for killing rationalist Govind Pansare in Kolhapur on February 16, 2015. It was revealed that out of he two guns used to shoot Pansare, one was used to kill rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune on August 20, 2013. All the three rationalists were shot dead by a pair of unidentified men. 

According to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory, the 7.65-mm gun, which was used to kill Kalburgi and Pansare, was also used to kill journalist Gauri Lankesh on September 5, 2017, outside her house in Bengaluru. 

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