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SC issues notice on plea seeking SIT probe into M M Kalburgi's murder

The apex court sought the responses from CBI, SIT and the governments of Maharashtra and Karnataka

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

M M Kalburgi
M M Kalburgi (Photo: Wikipedia)

and rationalist M M Kalburgi's wife on Wednesday approached the 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 and the governments of and within six weeks on her allegation that no substantial investigation has been carried out so far in the murder case.

A bench comprising 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 Investigating Agency (NIA), (CBI) and the two state governments.

Kalburgi's 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, and Govindrao Pansare, who too were 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 on February 16, 2015.

Kalburgi's 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 had in a statement claimed that as per the forensic analysis of cartridges recovered from the three separate crime scenes, the three murders were linked.

It alleged that one of the weapons used in the murder of Pansare was used to kill Kalburgi and therefore coordination between police and police, besides the and the NIA, was required.

"Although sketches of suspects were released after four days of Kalburgi's murder and a statement was issued by that conclusive evidence of nexus of murders of all three activists was found, there has been no progress in the investigation till date," the plea said.

Kalburgi, the former Vice-Chancellor of and a well-known scholar and epigraphist, was shot dead in broad daylight at his residence in Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad, Karnataka, on August 30, 2015. He was 77 years old.

Kalburgi was a Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer of old Kannada literature. He was born in Yaragal village in Vijayapura district of north Karnataka in 1938.

First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 16:13 IST