Sanatan Sanstha doubts legality of SPP in Pansare murder case

Vijay Chavan

It is distractions galore in the Sanatan Sanstha-Pansare murder case, with the organisation now objecting the appointment of Shivajirao Rane as the special public prosecutor (SPP) by calling it “illegal”. The right-wing organisation argued that Rane was appointed as the SPP since September 2016 by the then superintendent of police, Pradeep Deshpande, which is against the law as only home department has the jurisdiction.

In another development, the Mumbai unit of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday announced an award of Rs 5 lakh each for information on two absconding Sanatan Sanstha members who have been named as the suspected killers in rationalist-activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case.

About Rane’s appointment, Virendra Ichalkaranjikar, representing the Sanatan Sanstha, said, “According to the information gathered after filing an RTI application, the state government has not issued any order of Rane’s appointment as the special public prosecutor in the case. The superintendent of police does not have any authority to appoint such a prosecutor in any case.”

In reply to the Sanatan’s claim, Rane submitted his appointment letter from then SP Deshpande along with a government resolution that permits the SP and the police commissioner to appoint an SPP in any sensational case.

Talking to Pune Mirror, Rane said, “The lawyer of Sanatan does not want me to be SPP because of I had taken an objection on sending articles in the jail meant for their members. I have submitted all the relevant proofs before the court.” The court will decide the case on the next date on March 16.

Meanwhile, Narendra Dabholkar’s son, Hamid, expressed happiness over CBI’s anticipatory move in nabbing Sarang Akolkar (35) and Vinay Pawar (37) in the Dabholkar murder case. The family had urged to the Bombay High Court (HC) to publish their photographs in public so that they would be traced. S R Sing, the additional superintendent of CBI in his statement urged people to contact the CBI with any information related to the accused. He also assured that the name of the informer will be kept secret.

Courtesy: Pune Mirror