Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Bombay HC rebuks CBI

Dabholkar was murdered by bike-borne assailants in Pune on August 20, 2013. Later, two more rationalists - Pansare on February 20, 2015, in Kolhapur and Professor MM Kalburgi on August 30 last year, were murdered in a similar manner.

Narendra Dabholkar murder case: Bombay HC rebuks CBI

Expressing strong rebuke, the Bombay high court said CBI was "bungling up" probe in the murder case of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar by causing inordinate delay in obtaining forensic reports from the Scotland Yard.

"The more you postpone and delay the more benefit the accused will get. It also gives an impression in the society that you are not serious about the case and are not pursuing the probe sincerely. You are just bungling it up. It is your credibility at stake. You should remember that this delay is impacting two trials which are ready to commence," a division bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and BP Colabawalla said.


The court was hearing the petition filed by the family of Dabholkar and murdered activist Govind Pansare seeking HC supervision in the probe.

“Alternately we could seek an opinion from the forensic lab in Delhi,” Singh said. Irked by this, the court said if there was an alternative of seeking opinion locally then why did the agency not do it before.

“You (CBI) were aware of the difficulties and obstacles when you sought a report from the UK. What prevented you from seeking an opinion from a local third party expert before? The point is efforts taken should be sincere. Especially in cases like this where the offence is of a serious nature and impacts the society,” Justice Dharmadhikari said.

Dabholkar was murdered by bike-borne assailants in Pune on August 20, 2013.

Later, two more rationalists - Pansare on February 20, 2015, in Kolhapur and Professor MM Kalburgi on August 30 last year - were murdered in a similar manner.