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As reported by Gitesh Shelke in dnaindia.com on 18 January 2010:

Did cops sit on Satish Shetty's protection plea? - dnaindia.com

 

Did cops sit on Satish Shetty's protection plea?

 

Mumbai: The state government has directed the Pune rural police to conduct a separate inquiry to determine if the policemen concerned intentionally delayed processing the murdered RTI activist Satish Shetty’s application, demanding police protection.

 

Minister of state for home Ramesh Bagwe told DNA on Sunday that he has ordered the superintendent of Pune rural police Pratap Dighavkar to conduct an inquiry in the matter.

 

“We need to probe if there was laxity on part of the police officers looking into the police protection application submitted by Shetty earlier this month,” Bagwe said.

 

Shetty, 38, a resident of Talegaon Dabhade near Pune, was murdered on January 13 when he was returning from his morning walk. He was attacked by three unidentified men wearing masks and armed with butcher’s knives.

 

Shetty was attacked near his house on January 3, following which he had submitted an application to the police requesting protection.

 

The Pune rural police have already arrested a local advocate, Vijay Dnyaneshwar Dabhade, 45, his office clerk Pramod Dattaraya Waghmare and client Parshuram Tinara Telagu alias Jakki in connection with the Shetty’s murder.

 

“The officer who was looking into the protection application, if found guilty of delaying the process, will be suspended,” Bagwe assured. According to him, the concerned police officer would have to explain the reasons for the delay, if indeed there was one.

 

Earlier on Sunday morning, state health minister Suresh Shetty, along with Bagwe, visited Shetty’s family members in Pune. The family has demanded an investigation by the CBI in the case.

 

“I have assured them that the state government will ensure that the case is properly and thoroughly investigated. The government will take to task all those who are involved in the case, irrespective of how big or influential they may be. The culprits will not go scot-free,” Bagwe assured Shetty’s family.

 

Bagwe said that the probe in the case is heading in the right direction, and added that, if need be, he will discuss the issue of a CBI investigation with chief minister Ashok Chavan.

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As reported by Siddhesh Inamdar in thehindu.com on 18 January 2010:

The Hindu : Front Page : Activists form RTI council to safeguard information, whistleblowers

 

Activists form RTI council to safeguard information, whistleblowers

 

PUNE: Right to Information (RTI) activists from Pune came together on Sunday and formed an RTI council to serve as a repository of information obtained by various activists.

 

“Once the information obtained by anyone under the RTI is available with a council, there will be less threat to an individual’s life,” said Vivek Velankar, an RTI activist, while speaking to journalists after a public meeting to demand justice for the murdered RTI crusader Satish Shetty.

 

“Satish was killed because he obtained valuable information,which, if put in the public domain, would have exposed the wrongdoings of influential people,” he said. “Applications requesting information and the information itself will henceforth be put up on a website so that it is not in the safekeeping of a single person, putting his life at risk.”

 

“Right now, there are 10 volunteers who have agreed to be a part of the council,” he said. “They are from Pune. But we are not opposed to opening up the council at the national level too.”

 

On the same lines, activists decided to demand the State government to chalk out a Whistleblower Protection Act. Activists also agreed that the most important thing now was to complete the cases Shetty was working on.

 

Mr. Kumbhar said, “We will also demand suitable amendments in the Indian Penal Code to ensure that contract killers and people who hire them are awarded the capital punishment.”

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Its a good news that the case is on progress and the culprits who murder the RTI Activist Satish Shetty are arrested & there must be fast track court to give them the CP so that no such contract killer should think even in dream to do such ugly things and destroy the dignity of the nation,a transparent investigation needed in this matter because who works good for nation are killed by these type of contract killers to be immediately stopped by the higher athourities of Govt of India & activist Kumbhar demanding in amendment to be pass in IPC for Capital Punishment is fare demand and Govt of India & SC has to look these matter very fast.......for this Unity is needed .

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As reported by Siddhesh Inamdar at hindu.com on January, 18, 2010

 

Activists form RTI council to safeguard information, whistleblowers

 

PUNE: Right to Information (RTI) activists from Pune came together on Sunday and formed an RTI council to serve as a repository of information obtained by various activists.

 

“Once the information obtained by anyone under the RTI is available with a council, there will be less threat to an individual’s life,” said Vivek Velankar, an RTI activist, while speaking to journalists after a public meeting to demand justice for the murdered RTI crusader Satish Shetty.

 

“Satish was killed because he obtained valuable information,which, if put in the public domain, would have exposed the wrongdoings of influential people,” he said. “Applications requesting information and the information itself will henceforth be put up on a website so that it is not in the safekeeping of a single person, putting his life at risk.”

 

“Right now, there are 10 volunteers who have agreed to be a part of the council,” he said. “They are from Pune. But we are not opposed to opening up the council at the national level too.”

 

On the same lines, activists decided to demand the State government to chalk out a Whistleblower Protection Act. Activists also agreed that the most important thing now was to complete the cases Shetty was working on.

 

Mr. Kumbhar said, “We will also demand suitable amendments in the Indian Penal Code to ensure that contract killers and people who hire them are awarded the capital punishment.”

 

 

Source: The Hindu : Front Page : Activists form RTI council to safeguard information, whistleblowers

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sir,

Threatening and attempt to murder has become a common thing in this country. The gangs which are involved khnom that in india if a gang murder's a person then tthe chances are very bright that they will escape. In this country only individuals are convicted for murders.

 

As nobody will come forward to testify against the gangs the gang escapes. The law should be very strict when a gang murders a person than when an individual. I hope our governemnt awakes to this reality.

 

Chances are also that people had got the info from so called confidential sources that Mr. shetty will be getting the protection from tommorow. so please do it fast.

 

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Chandan Haygunde at indianexpress.com on Jan 19, 2010

RTI activist murder: No to 1-lakh supari led to lawyer

 

A man who claimed he accepted a supari (contract) of Rs 1 lakh to kill RTI activist Satish Shetty but backed out when he realised his target was “working for the benefit of the common man” led police in Pune to an advocate who has been arrested in connection with the Shetty murder case. Pune rural police today sought court permission for brain-mapping and a narco test on advocate Vijay Dnyaneshwar Dabhade. An application was filed by police before judicial magistrate (first class) R D Hazare at the Wadgaon Maval court. Arguments will be taken up on January 21.

Police said Santosh Shinde, in a statement, said he had accepted a supari of Rs 1 lakh in October 2008 from Dabhade to kill Shetty but later refused, saying the RTI activist was working for the benefit of the common man. Police also recorded the statement of Shetty’s friend Shantaram Takle. Both statements were recorded before the magistrate today.

 

 

Four persons — Dabhade, Parshuram Telgu alias Jakkal, Pramod Dattatraya Waghmare and Hanumanta Dongre alias Rathod — have been arrested. Police claimed Rathod was actually involved in the January 13 attack on Shetty who was chased and hacked to death while on a morning walk. Rathod is in police custody until January 28.

Inspector Bhausaheb Andhalkar, the investigating officer, claimed Dabhade had confessed to paying a supari of Rs 1 lakh to Shinde. Police said when Shinde, a murder case suspect who is currently out on bail, refused to kill Shetty, he was told to return the money. Shinde returned Rs 20,000 but told Dabhade he would report to the police if he insisted on the remaining Rs 80,000, police said.

Shetty’s brother Sandip, however, believes there are other people behind the murder. “Dabhade had a long history of disputes with my brother. He was earlier arrested for attempting to kill my brother... We suspect there are big persons behind the murder conspiracy. It is imperative that a CBI probe be conducted,” he said.

 

 

Source: RTI activist murder: No to 1-lakh supari led to lawyer

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As reported by dnaindia.com on 21 January 2010:

HC seeks info which slain RTI activist had obtained - dnaindia.com

 

HC seeks info which slain RTI activist had obtained

 

The Bombay High Court today sought all the information which Talegaon-based social activist Satish Shetty -- who was killed on January 13 -- had obtained through Right to Information Act.

 

Last week the court took suo motu (on its own) notice of Shetty's murder, which was preceded by attack on social activist Naina Kathpalia's house in Mumbai a few days earlier.

 

Today, the division bench of justice FI Rebello and justice JH Bhatia referred to newspaper reports that Shetty's murder had connection with his crusade against illegal constructions, and said that "the court should pursue these matters".

 

Judges also appointed senior counsel D Madon as amicus curie to assist the court, and directed the government to provide him copies of the (documentary) information which Shetty had been given under RTI.

 

Meanwhile, in an affidavit filed before the court, acting director general of Police Anami Roy has said that names of six persons have come to light during probe into Shetty's murder, and three of them have been arrested.

 

In another affidavit, state home secretary Chandra Iyengar has stated that police have been given instructions to act promptly whenever any social activist complains of threat.

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As reported By Payal Banerjee at punemirror.in On Monday, January 25, 2010

We killed Satish Shetty!’

 

 

That’s what lawyer Vijay Dabhade and his three aides, arrested on suspicion of murdering the RTI

 

For the first time since RTI activist Satish Shetty’s murder, the Pune Rural Police has come out to justify the arrest of Talegaon-based lawyer Vijay Gyaneshwar Dabhade (45) and his aides Pramod Waghmare, Parshuram Telugu and Dengarya Hanumant Rathod (Dongaraya). The cops claim the arrested have confessed to have killing Shetty on January 13.

Arrested have revealed plot and spot where it was hatched

Talking to Mirror, Lonavala sub-divisional officer, Dilip Shinde, who is investigating the case, said, “Vijay Dabhade and his associates have confessed to having murdered Shetty because of past enmity.

 

They have even taken me to the spot where they conspired the murder plot and have revealed how they executed it. The enmity is on paper.”

 

Dabhade first gave supari for shetty in 2008

According to the remand report submitted by the police to the Wadgaon Maval court, vegetable vendor Santosh Shinde had given a statement in the court saying Dabhade had given him a supari to kill Shetty in 2008.

 

However, when he came to know that Shetty was a social worker, he didn’t implement the task. Some six months ago, Dabhade had accosted Shinde at Somatane Phata and demanded the repayment of the contract money if he was unable to kill Shetty.

 

Shetty was following up crime cases against the Dabhades

The remand report also says that on October 4, 2009, Satish Shetty had met the SP, Pune rural, demanding that lawyer Vijay Dabhade and his wife Rupali, suspects in three serious crimes and several non cognizable cases, be externed.

 

He was following up with the case and the process of externment was on. Due to this, Dabhade resorted to remove Shetty out of the way, once and for all, as per the report.

 

‘Eye-witness account match contract killers’ description’

He conspired with Telugu and let out a contract to Shelar and Rathod. Sham Dabhade helped Vijay Dabhade as they were relatives and also because Vijay Dabhade had helped Sham to escape from custody when he was produced before court in a MCOCA (Maharahtra Control of Organised Crime Act) case.

 

The scars on Rathod’s hands also matched the description given by eyewitnesses.

 

Apart from that, the remand report also says that Dabhade and his wife tried to mow down Shetty with their Skoda on April 20, 2008.

 

‘We are investigating all angles’

Shinde said, “Shetty had filed a case of attempt to murder against Dabhade and he was lodged in Yerwada Jail as an undertrial when he met notorious criminal Sham Dabhade.

 

During his stay, Dabhade met Shelar and Rathod through Sham and he had given them a contract to kill Shetty. We are investigating the case from all possible angles and have concrete leads which led us to arrest Dabhade and his aides.

 

Shelar, who was arrested on Friday has been remanded to police custody till January 30. We have also interrogated people from IRB infrastrusture, Nitin Sable and everyone who could have a grudge against Shetty.”

 

Judge will decide on accused: Sandeep Shetty

Commenting on the police’s justification, Shetty’s brother, Sandeep said, “Finally, the court will decide who the culprit is, but as far as I know relations had been cordial between Vijay Dabhade and my brother in the last year as some compromise had taken place between the two.

 

On November 11, 2009, my brother had given an application seeking police protection and we still do not know what was written in that.”

 

Shinde said, “Shetty had given an application seeking police protection saying that he perceived threat from people associated with the IRB and Sable Waghire company.

 

However, when I asked him to mention any specific incident which made him reach the conclusion, he said he could not disclose any information.”

 

 

Source: ?We killed Satish Shetty!? , News - City - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror

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As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 08 February 2010:

Satish Shetty awarded posthumously - Pune - City - The Times of India

 

Satish Shetty awarded posthumously

 

PUNE: Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty was awarded the Sajag Nagrik RTI award posthumously on Sunday. The award was accepted by Satish's brother Sandeep at a ceremony held at the Tata Hall of the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce.

 

The award was to be presented by eminent social activist Anna Hazare, however, organisers announced he would not be able to make it due to ill health. Veteran journalist Shivaji Raut presented the award instead.

 

Satish Shetty was brutally killed on January 13 in Talegaon. While accepting the award, Sandeep said, "While my brother was doing his work in RTI, we never thought its gravity would be so huge. Now that he's no more with us, we realise the kind of work he used to do. It was for a social cause and a lesson for all."

 

The award, constituted two years ago, has earlier been awarded to an RTI activists Shriram Pande and Vijay Kumbhar.

 

Raut said, "Shetty's work is equal to what freedom fighters have done for the country. The incident that happened to him was unfortunate. RTI is a movement and a fight for another independence for India. Several RTI activists in the country still know that more blood will flow in our fight for independence, but, that shall not stop us from doing good work. At the same time, I feel that middle class citizens and the youth must also join this movement."

 

RTI activists Vivek Velankar and Jugal Rathi of the Sajag Nagrik Manch and Vijay Kumbhar were present at the ceremony. Prior to the function, two minutes of silence were offered in memory of Satish Shetty.

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Cant we make public the information obtained by SHETTY, by Pasting it on our site? It will help others to seek such information of their city.

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Cant we make public the information obtained by SHETTY, by Pasting it on our site? It will help others to seek such information of their city.

 

In one of the news items posted in this thread, it has been mentioned that someone in Maharashtra is starting such a website where all the information obtained by Mr Shetty (and other RTI applicants) will be uploaded.

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As reported by Payal Banerjee and Nitin Brahme in ounemirror.in on 11 February 2010:

Questions that killed RTI hero, News - Latest - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror

Questions that killed RTI hero

 

Tomorrow, it’ll be a month since Satish Shetty’s murder, but the probe is going cold

 

Sandeep Shetty
It’s almost a month since Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty was done to death in a grisly manner, but the case has still not made any progress. It’s stuck where it was! The police still seems to be struggling to link up the several loose ends.

 

Expressing his disappointment in the whole investigation, Satish Shetty’s brother, Sandeep said, “If the police have the killers as they claim to, why have they not yet been able to collect adequate

evidence to corroborate their claim? The murder took place on January 13, 2010, and now after almost a month has passed, the police is still far away from building a foolproof case.

 

They are still stuck on the conspiracy theory that Vijay Dabhade and his aides confessed to police. However, there is no additional information on how the murder was executed, that the police has gathered.

 

The court has now given the police permission to conduct a narcoanalyisis, lie detector test and brain mapping on Dabhade and Dengrya Hanumant Rathod, the suspected assailant.

 

However, the reports of these tests are not accepted as primary evidence in the eyes of the law.”

This evidence is not considered as clinching evidence and can only be used to support other evidence.

 

He added, “We had been supporting the police for quite a long time, but it seems like they are not serious about the case. My brother believed in the judiciary system and this is why we have been co-operating with the police. But the case is going nowhere.

 

We have intervened in the suo motto read petition in the High Court. We are now going to request the High Court to take up the case in its perview to monitor the progress in the investigation.”

 

Santosh who lives in the US and had come down to Pune a few days ago, said, “I don’t know what to say. I am trying to figure out what’s happening.

 

I don’t know how the police work, but it seems that they are not very focussed. I still have faith in the judiciary system, but I have no trust in the state machinery.

 

Of course, I am not very positive about how things have been going on and progressing. What I can only do, is wait, watch and follow the path which my brother took of helping the needy.”

 

Here is what killed Shetty

 

RTI activist Satish Shetty was killed by people who wanted him to stop asking questions. But now, a website has unveiled information obtained by Shetty under the Right To Information (RTI) Act of 2005.

 

Shetty’s main focus was a land scam, which was revealed by him in September 2009, and he asked for all manner of pertinent information regarding the scam.

 

RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar had created a website for all RTI documents. The website, called www.surajya.org has a section on important documents, which contains ‘Documents Obtained by Satish Shetty’ under ‘RTI Documents of IGR Report.’

 

Kumbhar said that the websites show 200 documents, which have 239 land deals. Therefore, there are clear cases of fake registration and cancellation of registration of land deals. Kumbhar had demanded an enquiry into the matter.

 

Shetty was killed on January 13, while out for a morning walk. Though he was rushed to hospital, he eventually succumbed to his injuries. Shetty was also the district convenor of Bhrashtachar Dakshata Samiti.

 

Pune Mirror had published reports on how Shetty was chasing several issues, most of which were related to the land scam of Maval. Now, all papers which Shetty was seeking under RTI are available on the web.

 

Kumbhar said that the IGR reports are on the surajya website, while the others are on rapidshare, which is a site where you can host files. The documents have information about the registration of land in Taje and Pimploli.

 

Shetty had revealed cases of false land registrations in Maval. The circle officer of Lonavla, Ashwini Khirsagar had registered fake documents of land purchase and it was exposed by Shetty following an RTI plea in Sept 2009, in which Shetty demanded inquiry into 3,000 registrations done by Khirsagar. Documents related to this case are also available on the web.

 

Shetty also revealed the case of the ration card scam in Maval, the illegal constructions of Hotel Rohit and a wedding hall at. Mirror published reports on the same on January 14, 2010.

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As reported in indianexpress.com on 17 February 2010:

To keep movement alive, state RTI activists to form council

 

To keep movement alive, state RTI activists to form council

 

Maharashtra will take the lead in forming a RTI council with activists from various parts of the state to keep the RTI movement alive.

 

Wanting to pursue activist Satish Shetty’s death, RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar who is leading this movement from the city said that such councils will be formed across the country.

 

“We have coordinated with different RTI activists from the country and have set the deadline as April 30,’’said Kumbhar.

 

From the state Kumbhar has already got in touch with different RTI activists and said that unless such panels are there it would not pressurize the government to give them protection. Prominent Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty was killed when he was attacked by unidentified men while on a morning walk in Talegaon, in Maharashtra .

 

Shetty, 38, credited with exposing several land scams in the picturesque Talegaon-Lonavala regions, now a favourite with realtors in the state, succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Some unidentified people assaulted him and injured him seriously. He was rushed to a private hospital, but he succumbed later.

 

A colleague added that Shetty had left his home around 6.45 am for his usual morning walk when he was attacked with swords near Bhandari Hospital.

 

He had shot to fame after exposing certain corrupt land deals in and around the country’'s first expressway from Mumbai to Pune over a decade ago.

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As reported at ptinews.com on 03 Mar 2010

 

RTI activist's murder: brother seeks CBI probe

 

Mumbai, Mar 3 (PTI) Seeking CBI inqiry into the murder of Talegaon-based RTI activist Satish Shetty, his brother today alleged that some big-wigs were involved in the case, whom "police can not touch".

 

"We have named these persons in the FIR...But state police can't touch them, even the superintendent of police is helpless," said advocate Vijay Nahar, appearing for Sandip Shetty, Satish's brother.

 

The High Court had taken suo-motu notice of Shetty's murder in January in Talegaon. Shetty had unearthed many land scams using Right to Information Act, and before his death he had complained to police that he was receiving threats.

 

"Probe is being carried out in frivolous manner," advocate Nahar said today.

 

However, division bench of Justice F I Rebello and J H Bhatia today only asked the police to continue the investigation, and asked Sandip Shetty to file affidavit regarding his misgivings about the probe.

 

Hearing has been adjourned for two weeks.

 

Source: fullstory

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As reported at sakaaltimes.com on March 03, 2010

 

Satish Shetty’s brother demands CBI probe

 

MUMBAI: Alleging involvement of some big-wigs in the murder of Talegaon-based RTI activist Satish Shetty, his brother Sandip has sought CBI probe saying the local police are under some kind of pressure and are not taking action against the culprits.

 

Advocate Vijay Nahar representing Sandip Shetty told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that they have mentioned names of certain big-wigs in the society for their alleged involvement in the FIR, but no action was taken against them.

 

After the spree of attacks on social activists, the court had taken suo-motu cognizance of the incident and had directed the state DGP to give a report within a week on the steps taken for investigation and the threat perception to other activists, some of whom are PIL petitioners.

 

“Since some big names are involved in the matter, the police are not able to take action against them. Even the superintendent of police is helpless,” Nahar told the Court.

 

Satish Shetty was fatally attacked by two unidentified assailants last month when he was out for a morning stroll at Talegaon where he lived. He succumbed to death before admission to hospital.

 

Source: Sakaal Times

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As reported by Mihir Tanksale at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 08 March 2010

 

Eyewitness identifies Shetty assailant

PUNE: An eyewitness of the Satish Shetty murder case identified Dengrya, alias Dongrya Rathod (28), as Shetty's assailant during an identification parade at the Yerawada central prison on Sunday.

 

Whistleblower and RTI activist Shetty (39), who was involved in exposing various scams and irregularities in many government departments, was done to death with sharp weapons at Talegaon Dabhade, around 40 km from Pune, on January 13. The local crime branch (LCB) of the Pune rural police had arrested Rathod on January 17 from Bhosari in connection with Shetty's murder.

 

The Pune rural police had then written a letter to the revenue department requesting for an identification parade of the suspects. On Sunday, the identification parade of the suspect, Rathod, was conducted in the presence of nayab tehsildar Rajesh Chavan of Wadgaon Maval at the Yerawada central prison.

 

The eyewitness, who had seen the assailants attacking Shetty on January 13, had given a detailed description of the suspects to the police. He had also told the police that one of the suspects was short in height. Though his face was covered, he had noticed a wound mark on his forehead and a black mark on his hand.

 

Speaking to TOI, senior inspector of police Bhausaheb Andhalkar, of the LCB, said the police were not allowed to attend the identification parade, which took place inside the prison. "The eyewitness identified Rathod out of 15 look-alike men paraded before him," he said, adding, "The faces of the all the persons were covered and the jail authorities had made black marks on their hands. However, the eyewitness managed to identify Rathod from among them and told the police that he had assaulted Shetty with a sharp weapon."

 

Chavan will submit the report of the identification parade to the investigating officer of the Shetty murder case on Monday, the police said.

 

Andhalkar said investigations have revealed that advocate Vijay Dabhade had given supari' (contract money) to Rathod, Sham Dabhade and Navnath Shelar to murder Shetty. The police have arrested advocate Dabhade (40) of Talegaon Dabhade, Parashuram Telugu (30) of Dehuroad, Pramod Dattatreya Waghmore (22) of Talegaon Dabhade and Navnath Shelar (35) of Junnar. Sham Dabhade was arrested by the Ahmednagar police on March 4.

 

Andhalkar said, "Rathod has previous criminal records. He has nine cases of attempt to murder, robbery and body offences registered against him at the Bhosari, Nigdi and Pimpri police stations."

 

Source: Eyewitness identifies Shetty assailant - Pune - City - The Times of India

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As reported by Urvi Mahajani in hindustantimes.com on 12 March 2010:

RTI activist?s murder: High court stays narco analysis test on accused- Hindustan Times

 

RTI activist’s murder: High court stays narco analysis test on accused

 

 

No person can be forced to undergo narco analysis against his will. It is based on this fundamental right that the Bombay High Court stayed a Pune court’s order allowing the test on the lawyer accused in the murder of social activist, Satish Shetty.

 

The division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar has asked the police to file a reply in a week.

 

The accused, Vijay Dabhade (45), approached the high court after a metropolitan magistrate in Talegaon allowed the police to conduct a narco analysis test on him against his wish.

 

Shetty, an RTI activist who exposed several cases of land grab in Pune, was killed in Talegaon on January 13.

 

The police arrested Dabhade on January 15 after initial investigations revealed that Shetty had exposed some of his illegal activities. On January 18, the police applied for the magistrate’s permission to conduct narco analysis on Dabhade. The magistrate granted permission despite Dabhade’s opposition.

 

Dabhade moved the HC contending that the test involves injecting psychotropic substances, which could be dangerous. His petition states that the order of the magistrate is bad in law because it was passed without his consent and violates his fundamental rights. Dabhade’s argued that an accused’s statement recorded during narco analysis is not admissible in court as evidence.

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As reported by Kiran tare in dnaindia.com on 24 March 2010:

CBI will take over Pune RTI activist's murder probe: RR Patil - dnaindia.com

 

CBI will take over Pune RTI activist's murder probe: RR Patil

 

Mumbai: State home minister RR Patil said on Tuesday that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will be investigating the murder of Pune-based social activist Satish Shetty.

 

“The Satish Shetty murder case is an important one. His family members are unhappy with the investigation conducted by the Pune police. They want the case to be probed by a higher authority. I assert that the police had been doing their job well. Still, I will request the CBI to take over the reins of investigation and review the police performance,” Patil said in the legislative council.

 

Sandeep Shetty, brother of the slain activist, filed an affidavit in the Bombay high court last week, alleging the role of a top businessman in his brother’s murder in January. He accused the Pune police of not handling the probe properly, and demanded that the case be handed over to the CBI.

 

Before Patil made the announcement on Tuesday, minister of state for home Ramesh Bagwe told the house that the police had arrested seven suspects. “Weapons have been seized from the house of one Shyam Dabhade,” he said.

 

Replying to a question by the NCP’s Gurunath Kulkarni, Bagwe said that Vijay Dabhade was the main conspirator in Shetty’s murder.

 

Shetty, who had exposed several scams through RTI, was killed on January 12 at his native place, Talegaon Dabhade in Pune district. His brother, in his affidavit to the high court, alleged that Shetty had started getting threats after he exposed a scam in an 1800-acre land deal involving Virendra Mhaiskar, chairman and managing director of IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited, and Nitin Sable. Shetty had registered a complaint with the police, but no action was taken, the affidavit added.

 

Mhaiskar, who was named the 51st richest man in India by the Forbes magazine in 2009, said last week, “I have given my statement.

 

Transactions have been made in accordance to the law, and everything is on record.”

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As reported at sakaaltimes.com on April 07, 2010

 

Satish Shetty murder case given to CBI

 

MUMBAI: Nearly three months after Pune-based Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty was brutally murdered, the case has been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

 

“We are now optimistic of getting justice,” Shetty's brother Sandip Shetty told Sakaal Times on Wednesday. Earlier, the Pune-Rural police was investigating the murder case. Satish Shetty, who has uncovered many corrupt land deals in Talegaon-Lonavla region, was murdered on January 14 this year.

 

The Maharashtra Government has told the Bombay High Court that it has decidd to transfer the investigations to the CBI and a notification to this effect was issued on Tuesday.

 

Government pleader N Deshpande informed the court on Wednesday about the government's decision to hand over the case to CBI.

 

“We have been pleading for it (CBI) probe. The state government and the court has taken cognizance of the matter and now the CBI would probe the matter,” Shetty said.

 

On March 3, Sandip Shetty has formally demanded a CBI probe into the matter – alleging the involvement of “bigwigs” behind his brother's murder. “Since some big names are involved in the matter, the police are not able to take action against them. Even the Superintendent of Police is helpless,” his advocate vijay Nahar had told the court.

 

On March 23, home minister R R Patil had told the Maharashtra Legislative Council that that the government would request the CBI to take over the probe. “Considering the seriousness of the issue, we would request CBI to probe the case,” Patil had stated.

 

Source: Sakaal Times

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Asseem Shaikh at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Apr 14, 2010

 

5 chargesheeted, one discharged in Shetty murder case

 

PUNE: The Pune rural police on Tuesday chargesheeted a lawyer and four others in the sensational murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty and discharged a suspected conspirator.

 

While filing a report along with a 404-page chargesheet before judicial magistrate first class P H Bansod of the Wadgaon-Maval court, the police recommended that the suspect, Parshuram Telgu, be discharged as there was no evidence against him.

 

The chargesheet was filed against Talegaon Dabhade-based lawyer Vijay Dabhade, his clerk Pramod Waghmore, Dongrya Hanumant Rathod, Navnath Shelar and Sham Dabhade under sections 109, 120 (b), 302 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

 

Shetty, a resident of Talegaon Dabhade, who had exposed many land scams in Pune district using the Right To Information (RTI) Act, 2005 was murdered near his residence on January 13.

 

The complainant, Sandeep Bhoja Shetty, who was asked by the police to give details of the high-profile people who had problems with his brother, Satish Shetty, failed to give specific information, said DySP Shinde.

 

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation has been asked to file their response by April 21.

 

Source: 5 chargesheeted, one discharged in Shetty murder case - The Times of India

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As reported at indianexpress.com on 2 June 2010

 

Shetty murder: bail plea of suspects rejected

 

Pune : The bail plea of the three accused in the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty was rejected by additional sessions judge R M Joshi recently.

The three accused -advocate Vijay Dnyaneshwar Dabhade, Pramod Dattatraya Waghmare and Navnath Maruti Shelarhave have been denied bail.

 

It was in April that the Pune district sessions court has written to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asking for their inputs before hearing the bail applications of prime accused Dabhade and Waghmare. Accordingly, bail of the two applicants have been rejected. The duo had filed their bail applications on April 19.

 

Dabhade has been charged with conspiring to kill Shetty and engaging contract killers to eliminate Shetty after Shetty exposed Dabhade's alleged illegal dealings.

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the case on April 17 aafter state home minister R R Patil's announcement in March that the CBI would investigate Shetty's killing.

 

Satish Shetty, who had exposed a series of land scams in and around Talegaon, Lonavala and Pimpri-Chinchwad near Pune with the help of the Right To Information (RTI) Act, was murdered in Talegaon-Dabhade in January by three masked men when he had stepped out for a morning walk near his residence.

 

Alerted by residents, his younger brother Sandeep Shetty reached the spot and took Shetty to Pavana Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

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As reported by Chaitraly Deshmukh at punemirror.in on June 1, 2010

 

CBI probe into Shetty murder still not started

 

Although the Bombay High Court issued an order directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take over investigations in Right to Information Act (RTI) activist Satish Shetty murder case in the first week of April, the CBI is yet to begin its probe.

 

The court had issued an order on April 7, directing the Pune rural police to hand over investigations to the CBI.

 

Accordingly, the investigations were handed over to the central agency on April 14. However, the central agency is still to appoint an officer to investigate the case.

 

Sources in the CBI claimed that normally in any case, a notification appointing an officer to investigate the case is issued by the agency headquarters in Delhi and formal investigations begin only after that.

 

However, they added, no such notification has been issued in the Shetty murder case so far.

 

Meanwhile, the five suspects including Talegaon lawyer Vijay Dabhade, who were arrested by the Pune rural police for their suspected involvement in the crime, are still languishing in jail.

 

The arrested people include Vijay Dabhade, Pramod Dattatreya Waghmare (28), Navnath Maruti Shelar (35), Dongarya alias Dongya Hanumant Rathod (25) and Shyam Ramchandra Dabhade (33).

 

The Pune rural police filed a chargesheet against Vijay Dabhade and four others on April 13.

 

Additional Sessions Judge R M Joshi rejected the bail application of Dabhade, Waghmare and Shelar on Friday on the ground that the CBI is still investigating their probable involvement in the crime.

 

The suspects’ lawyer Sudhir Shah and Ravindra Petkar had argued that the prosecution has failed to prove involvement of the suspects in the crime and that there were loopholes in the chargesheet as well as statements of witnessess recorded by the police.

 

They stated that just because an eye-witness said one of the killers had a mole on his hand, the police has arrested the three men who had moles on their hands.

 

Additional public prosecutor Vijay Hole had opposed the bail pleas submitting that the offence was serious and the CBI was still probing the possible involvement of the three suspects.

 

He also expressed apprehension that if granted bail, the suspects may tamper with evidence or influence witnessess.

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Suspect in RTI activist murder case rearrested

as reported by Staff Reporter, The HINDU, PUNE: Jun 08, 2010

 

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He should not have been let on bail: Pune rural police inspector

 

At the time of arrest he was partying with 100-150 people

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Shyam Dabhade, a suspect in RTI activist Satish Shetty murder case, was arrested on charges of extortion at Koteshwarwadi in the Talegaon area here on Sunday. He was earlier arrested in March and was in judicial custody in the Akole sub-jail in Ahmedngar district.

 

According to Bhausaheb Andhalkar, senior inspector of the Pune rural police, Dabhade has 15 cases against him, including attempt to murder, extortion and carrying a Sten gun and ammunition. At the time of arrest, Dabhade was on temporary bail for three days for attending a relative's wedding.

 

“But he was granted bail in only one case and not in the others. In fact, he shouldn't have been granted bail. I don't know why the jailor let him out. A recommendation for an enquiry into the affair has been sent to the Police Superintendent of Ahmednagar. We feel he should be moved to the Yerawada jail in Pune or to the Ahmednagar central jail, considering the charges against him,” Mr. Andhalkar told The Hindu.

 

Extortion call

 

While on bail he was allowed to meet people and make calls. Taking advantage of this, Dabhade warned Shivaji Shinde, a prime witness in the case of the murder of his brother Tanaji Dashrath Shinde of the Maval division, to refrain from appearing in court; otherwise, his family be killed. He was also asked to bring Rs. 5 lakh by evening to Koteshwarwadi.

 

After receiving the extortion call, Shivaji Shinde registered a complaint at the Talegaon Dabhade station. Following this, a team under Mr. Andhalkar and inspector Sanjay Nikam arrested Dabhade while he was partying with 100-150 people.

 

Dabhade is among those picked up by the police for allegedly murdering RTI activist Satish Shetty in January this year.

 

In April, the Pune rural police filed a charge sheet against Talegaon Dabhade-based lawyer Vijay Dabhade, his clerk Pramod Waghmore, Dongrya Hanumant Rathod, Navnath Shelar and Shyam Dabhade under Sections 109 (abetment), 120 b (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) read with 34 (acts done in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

 

 

Source : The Hindu : National : Suspect in RTI activist murder case rearrested

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As reported in Times of India on 25/09/10

 

Dabhade gets bail for 15 days on medical grounds

 

Source: Dabhade gets bail for 15 days on medical grounds - The Times of India

 

PUNE: A 15-day bail on medical grounds was granted to lawyer Vijay Dabhade (45), who is a suspect in the murder case of RTI activist Satish Shetty.

 

The court of additional sessions judge Usha Thakare on Friday granted the bail to Dabhade of Talegaon Dabhade. He was asked to furnish personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one local solvent surety of the like amount. Dabhade was warned not to tamper with the prosecution's witnesses and not to enter the jurisdiction of Talegaon Dabhade police station.

 

Dabhade was told to get himself admitted at the Jehangir hospital, after he was released from the Yerawada central jail. He was further directed to surrender to the jail after his discharge. He was told to submit two photographs, his name, address and telephone numbers as also a list of five relatives with relevant details.

 

It may be noted that Shetty was murdered near his residence at Talegaon Dabhade on January 13. The Pune rural police had filed a chargesheet against Dabhade and four others under sections 302, 120 (b), 109 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code for entering into a criminal conspiracy to murder Shetty.

 

The Bombay high court, which had taken suo-motto cognisance of the incident, had transferred the investigations to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). On August 18, Thakare had directed Dabhade to obtain medical treatment for dislocation of shoulder and hernia for 15 days escorted by a policemen.

 

However, Dabhade's lawyer Gorakshnath Kale filed an application before the court stating that the police were asking them to deposit charges of six guards which came to over Rs 3 lakh, instead of accepting payment for one guard. Kale prayed that the police be directed to accept payment for one guard or release his client on a provisional bail for a month.

 

CBI additional superintendent of police Pramod Kumar Manjhi did not object to Dabhade seeking medical treatment, but he objected to the plea of releasing him on provisional bail, since he has been chargesheeted in a murder case. The CBI feared that he may tamper with the evidence.

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As reported by Sunil Baghel in mumbaimirror.com on 18 February 2011:

HC raps CBI in RTI activist

 

HC raps CBI in RTI activist’s murder case

 

High court says agency did not touch the influential people though they were named in the FIR and affidavit to the court

 

While granting first bail in activist Satish Shetty’s murder case, the Bombay High Court (HC) on Thursday rapped CBI for sparing the influential people who have been accused by Shetty’s brother for complicity in the crime.

 

 

 

“Even the CBI did not even touch upon that issue, for reasons best known to them, may be because all those parties appear to be very powerful financially and even otherwise,” observed Justice J H Bhatia.

 

The observations were pertaining to the alleged involvement of Virendra Mhaiskar of the IRB Group and Nitin Sable of the Sable - Waghire group in the murder of Satish Shetty.

 

The activist, who had exposed various land-scams, was brutally murdered on January 13 last year when he was on his regular morning walk.

 

 

Activist Satish Shetty, who had exposed various land scams, was brutally murdered on January 13, 2010

The killing, coupled with the attack on activist Nayana Kathpalia in Mumbai just a week before, prompted the high court to suo motu take up the issue of attacks on activists.

 

Satish Shetty’s brother Sandip Shetty, who is the complainant in the murder case, had named Mhaiskar and Sable not only in the FIR, but also in an affidavit filed before HC - after his intervention application in the suo motu petition was allowed by the HC.

 

By then, police had already made all the five arrests in the case. But, in his affidavit, Sandip Shetty had contended that the probe was deliberately going in a direction so as to shield the powerful people.

 

According to this affidavit, Sandip’s brother Satish had complained to the police about threat to his life from Mhaiskar and Sable in November 2009 itself.

 

Sandip pleaded for CBI investigation in the case. The bench passed an order handing over the case to CBI in April last year. Incidentally, Justice J H Bhatia was a part of that division bench along with Senior Judge Justice F I Rebello.

 

Hence, Justice Bhatia was already privy to the details of the case when the bail application filed by the accused Pramod Waghmore, through his advocate Jayesh Kocheta, came up for hearing before him.

 

When advocate Kocheta started raising the issues that the accused had no role to play in the case, CBI’s advocate A S Gadkari could not satisfy the court on questions on the investigation carried out by agency since May 2010.

 

The court also found out that CBI had not moved even an inch towards probing the case from the angle directed by Sandip Shetty.

 

aghmore used to work as a clerk with another accused in the case - Advocate Vijay Dabhade. As per the charges levelled by local police and CBI, Waghmore was privy to the conspiracy meeting between Dabhade and other accused to kill Satish Shetty and hence a part of the conspiracy itself.

 

While granting bail to Waghmore for Rs 25,000, the court observed, “In spite of the fact that Sandip Shetty, in his affidavit, had said that the dispute between Satish and Dabhade was settled over a year before he was killed, the investigation continued in the same direction.”

 

Justice Bhatia has directed that a copy of the order passed on Thursday should also be placed before the bench hearing the suo motu petition on attacks on activists, as the petition is still pending.

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