<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Thursday gave six weeks to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to obtain reports of forensic science laboratory of Scotland Yard on evidence in the murder cases of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, communist leader Govind Pansare and scholar MM Kalburgi. The evidence was sent to Scotland Yard to find out whether there were links between the murders of the three rationalists, as it is suspected that same kind of weapons were used in all the killings.A division bench of justices SC Dharmadhikari and BP Colabawala said, “This is the last time we are giving an adjournment. We won’t after this.” Additional solicitor general Anil Singhinformed the court that necessary clearances from the authorities concerned have been taken and an official will be personally sent to get the report, which should be received within six weeks.Coming down heavily on the conduct of officials of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for having divulged information to the media about the probe in the Pansare murder case, it said, “This over-enthusiasm has to stop. What you are gathering should be in the shape of evidence, which will stand test to cross examination in the trial court. Or else, benefit will be derived by the accused. Moreover, divulging details when the court is monitoring the probe also alerts the absconding accused.”The bench has warned the SIT officials from speaking to the media, and so, also the family members of the deceased in the interest of justice. The court made these observations while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Ketan Tirodkar and the petition filed by family members seeking probe monitored by the court. The agencies have, till now, arrested one person each in the murder cases, both allegedly belonging to the Sanatan Sanstha.On May 9, 2014, the HC had transferred the probe into the Dabholkar murder case to the CBI. The main reason for transferring the case was that the court felt the need for a detailed probe. Both Dabholkar and Pansare were killed by unidentified shooters in separate incidents, when they were on their morning walk.Dabholkar was killed in Pune on August 20, 2013 while Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur. He succumbed to his injuries four days later. Kalburgi was shot dead on August 30 last year at his residence in Dharwad district of Karnataka by two unidentified men.During investigation, CBI had noticed a pattern in the killings that indicated that the same group might have been involved as the weapons used in the crime were similar. Hence, the agency sent bullets and empty cartridges that it recovered for forensic analysis.Meanwhile, the bench also asked both the investigating agencies (CBI and SIT) to bring their probe to its logical end at the earliest as the families of the rationalists had moved the high court and also because the common man had faith in the administration and police machinery.Right-wing activist Sameer Gaikwad, an alleged member of Sanatan Sanstha, was arrested by Kolhapur Police on September 16 last year in connection with Pansare’s murder. Another Sanatan Sanstha activist Virendra Tawde was arrested by CBI from Panvel in Navi Mumbai in June this year in connection with Dabholkar’s murder. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on November 23. – with agency inputs

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CBI asked to get forensic reports from Scotland Yard in the Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi murder cases