Plea seeks SIT probe into rationalist Kalburgi's murder
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Plea seeks SIT probe into rationalist Kalburgi's murder

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Slain author and rationalist M M Kalburgis wife today approached the Supreme Court seeking a probe by Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the murder of her husband in 2015. The apex court sought the response of probe agencies NIA and CBI and the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka within six weeks on her allegation that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud took note of the petition filed by Uma Devi Kalburgi, wife of the slain author, and issued notices to the National Investigating Agency (NIA), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the two state governments. Kalburgis wife, in her petition filed through advocate Krishna Kumar, alleged that there was a common link between the murder of her husband and that of intellectual activists, Narendra Achyut Dabholkar and Govindrao Pansare, who too was assassinated in August 2013 and February 2015 respectively.

Dabholkar was shot at on August 20, 2013 in Pune while Pansare was killed in Kolhapur in Maharashtra on February 16, 2015. Kalburgis wife, in her plea, said that the investigation in Dabholkar and Pansare murder cases was in a "sorry state" and no progress has been made in bringing the killers to book. The petition said that in 2016, the then Karnataka Home Minister had in a statement ...

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