Narendra Dabholkar Murder: Three Accused With Ties to Sanatan Sanstha Get Bail as CBI Did Not File Chargesheet
They are also believed to be behind senior journalist Gauri Lankesh’s assassination.
A Pune Sessions Court has reportedly granted bail to the three accused — Amol Kale, Rajesh Bangera and Amit Degwekar— in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar on Friday, December 14. Reportedly, the bail was granted after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not charge sheet them for 90 days.
Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Pune sessions court grants bail to accused Amol Kale, Rajesh Bangera and Amit Degvekar as CBI did not file charge-sheet against them in 90 days period.
— ANI (@ANI) December 14, 2018
Incidentally, the CBI had obtained custody of the three accused from Karnataka Police in September in connection to Dabholkar’s murder. Earlier, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police had investigated the three as the key conspirators behind the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, with ties to radical Hindu outfit Sanathan Sanstha.
As per the findings of the Karnataka SIT, Kale was the head of a covert operations unit of the radical Hindu organisation. Regarding Dabholkar’s murder, according to CBI investigators, Kale had supplied arms and a getaway vehicle to Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, who reportedly shot Dabholkar in 2013. Degwekar, reportedly, stayed in the Sanatan Sanstha ashram in Goa for around 15 years and was the go-to man for Kale, with respect to financial and logistical support. At about the same time as Degwekar, Bangera, too, was living in the same ashram, according to a report published in the Pune Mirror.