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As reported at ibnlokmat.tv (Marathi) on 03 March 2011

 

The accused in Satish Shetty murder case, Ad. Vijay Dabhade, was granted bail by the Pune Session Judge today.

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As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 28 May 2011:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/8610690.cms

 

Shetty murder suspect denied bail third time

 

PUNE: The bail plea of Navnath Shelar, who was arrested in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty, was rejected for the third time by the court of additional sessions judge D R Mahajan on Friday.

 

Shetty, who had exposed many land scams in the district using the Right To Information (RTI) Act, was killed near his residence at Talegaon Dabhade on January 13, 2010.

 

The Pune rural police had arrested criminal lawyer Vijay Dabhade, his clerk Pramod Waghmore, Dongrya Rathod, Navnath Shelar and Sham Dabhade under sections 109, 120 (b) and 302 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

 

The lawyer representing Shelar pleaded that he be given bail on grounds of parity, since Dabhade and Waghmore had been released on bail. Saying that there was change in the circumstances as the CBI has not found evidence against him, the lawyer argued that his client was entitled to bail. The witnesses have not identified his client in the identification parade and no witnesses have given confessional statements against him.

 

Opposing the bail plea, CBI special public prosecutor Ayub Pathan argued that Shelar and Rathod have criminal records and there is sufficient evidence to prove that they had met Dabhade who showed them where Shetty lived.

 

The sessions court had rejected Shelar's and Rathod's bail pleas on May 28, 2010, after observing that there was sufficient evidence against them to connect them to the crime. Rathod's second bail plea was rejected in April, 2011.

 

Pathan said that Shelar's T-shirt and shoes with blood stains were recovered from Rathod's residence by the police.

 

The judge upheld the prosecution's plea and denied Shelar bail.

 

The victim's brother Sandeep Boja Shetty had lodged a complaint with the Talegaon Dabhade police against some high-profile people accusing them of murdering his brother. Superintendent of police (Pune rural) Pratap Dighavkar had transferred the investigation to deputy superintendent of police Dilip Shinde, who formed eight police teams to verify the record of people whom Shetty had exposed.

 

Investigations revealed that Dabhade had earlier given 'supari'(blood money) of Rs 1 lakh to one Santosh Shinde of Dehu Road to eliminate Shetty. Dabhade had met Shinde through his clerk Waghmore and Parshuram Telgu who was later discharged from the case. Shinde had initially agreed to kill Shetty, but changed his mind when he got to know that Shetty helped the poor.

 

Investigations further revealed that Dabhade had asked Shinde to return the money given as 'supari',but he returned only Rs 20,000 and sought time to pay the remaining amount as he had already spent it.

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As reported by Asseem Shaikh in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 07 Sep 2011:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/City-CBI-to-probe-RTI-activists-murder/articleshow/9891729.cms

 

City CBI to probe RTI activist's murder

 

PUNE: The CBI unit of Pune has taken over the investigations in the sensational murder case of RTI activist Satish Shetty. The case was earlier being handled by CBI, Mumbai office, following an order from the Bombay high court.

 

CBI director Amar Pratap Singh issued an order on August 4 to transfer the case to the Pune office.

 

CBI deputy inspector general of police Pravin Salunke said, "The Pune office is in a better position to conduct probe in the murder case since it is located at a distance of about 20 kms from Talegaon Dabhade, where the incident took place."

 

Salunke said, "The witnesses can now be called at Pune office instead of asking them to travel all the way to Mumbai. The Pune unit will find it convenient to conduct investigations and visit Talegaon Dabhade whenever required. The move is aimed at expediting the probe."

 

CBI superintendent of police, Pune unit, Vidya Kulkarni said that additional superintendent of police S P Singh will probe the case. Kulkarni said that Singh will conduct the probe under her supervision. She refused to divulge details about the outcome of probe done by the agency so far.

 

Special public prosecutor Ayub Pathan filed a phursis (information given to the court) on September 3 before additional sessions judge D R Mahajan confirming that the Pune unit will now conduct investigations.

 

Meanwhile, Mahajan ordered to release the motorcycle of suspect Pramod Waghmare. Another suspect, Sham Dabhade, has filed a bail pea. Mahajan has directed the CBI to reply to the bail plea on September 14.

 

Shetty, who had exposed many land scams in the district using the Right To Information (RTI) Act, was murdered near his residence at Talegaon Dabhade on January 13, 2010. The Pune rural police had arrested criminal lawyer Vijay Dabhade, his clerk Pramod Waghmore, Dongrya Rathod, Navnath Shelar and Sham Dabhade under sections of the IPC.

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As reported by Asseem Shaikh in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 06 October 2011:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/10251417.cms

 

HC grants bail to Shetty murder case suspect

 

PUNE: The Bombay high court has granted bail to Navnath Shelar, who was arrested in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty.

 

Shetty, who had exposed many land scams in the district using the Right To Information (RTI) Act, was killed near his residence at Talegaon Dabhade on January 13, 2010. The Pune rural police had arrested criminal lawyer Vijay Dabhade, his clerk Pramod Waghmore, Dongrya Rathod, Navnath Shelar and Sham Dabhade under sections 109, 120(b) and 302 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

 

Lawyers Subhash Jha, Namid Memon and Subhash Hulyalkar, representing Shelar, pleaded that he be given bail on grounds of parity, since Dabhade and Waghmore had been released on bail. They said that there was change in the circumstances as the CBI has not found any evidence against him. The witnesses have not identified the suspect in the test identification parade and no witnesses have given any confessional statements against him, they argued.

 

Opposing the bail plea, CBI special public prosecutor D N Salvi argued that Shelar and Rathod have criminal records and there was sufficient evidence to prove that they had met Dabhade who showed them where Shetty lived. The police found Shelar's T-shirt and shoes with blood stains at Rathod's residence.

 

"Investigations are in progress. No evidence has come on record to suggest that Shelar was not involved in the crime. On the contrary, as of now, sufficient material/evidence is available against him regarding his involvement in the crime," the CBI affidavit states.

 

The sessions court had rejected the bail pleas of Shelar and Rathod on May 28, 2010, after observing that there was sufficient evidence to connect them to the crime.

 

Justice R C Chavan observed that there is evidence against Shelar only in the form of shoes, but he has not been identified in the identification parade. The CBI may go ahead with investigations, but right now there is no justification in detaining Shelar in jail, the judge said, and ordered his release on bail on October 3.

 

The court ordered Shelar's released on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with one or more solvent sureties of the like amount on condition that he shall present himself at the CBI office on every Monday from 11 am to 3 pm for next four weeks and thereafter whenever called by the CBI.

 

Satish Shetty's brother Sandeep Boja Shetty had lodged a complaint with the Talegaon Dabhade police against some high-profile people, accusing them of murdering his brother.

 

Former superintendent of police (Pune rural) Pratap Dighavkar had transferred the investigation to deputy superintendent of police Dilip Shinde (retired), who formed eight police teams to verify the record of people whom Shetty had exposed.

 

Investigations revealed that lawyer Vijay Dabhade had earlier given blood money ('supari') of Rs 1 lakh to Santosh Shinde of Dehu Road to eliminate Shetty. Dabhade had met Shinde through his clerk Waghmore and Parshuram Telgu, who was later discharged from the case. Shinde had initially agreed to kill Shetty, but changed his mind when he came to know that Shetty helped the poor.

 

The CBI, Pune unit office, is now investigating the case.

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As reported in dnaindia.com on 07 Jan 2012:

CBI offers Rs5 lakh reward for info in Shetty murder case - Mumbai - DNA

 

CBI offers Rs5 lakh reward for info in Shetty murder case

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) anti-corruption branch(ACB), Pune, announced a Rs5 lakh award for any information regarding the murder of right to information (RTI) activist, Satish Bhojya Shetty, on January 13, 2010.

 

Shetty was murdered near Yogiraj hall in Talegaon Dhabade.

According to the CBI, anybodygiving credible information regarding the accused involved in the crime leading to their arrest will be given Rs5 lakh, while the identity of the informant will be kept secret.

 

The information may be communicated to the superintendent of police, CBI, ACB, GPOA, Kendriya Sadan, A-Wing, Opposite Akurdi Railway Station, Pune.

 

Informers may contact the CBI on 27642501, 27642503, 27642504 or 27642502, or email hobacpune @cbi.gov.in or spacpune@cbi.gov.in. The information can also be given to the SP, Pune (9422258484) or DIG, Mumbai (9969201912).

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Sajib Nandi

Reported by Ndtv.com on Apr 11, 2012

CBI team seizes Lonavla police station computers

 

Pune: A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths swooped down on Lonavla police station on Monday evening and seized a laptop and the hard disk of a computer. A CBI official said that the seized items were crucial evidence in the investigation of RTI activist and whistle-blower Satish Shetty's murder case.

 

Shetty, a Talegaon-based activist who had unearthed several land scams in the district through the Right To Information (RTI) Act, was murdered on January 13, 2010 near his home.

 

A CBI officer who was present during the raid said, "On Monday two CBI officials led by Inspector Swati Desle had gone to Lonavla police station around 6 pm and seized the hard disk from a computer and a laptop, which was being used by the police station staff.

 

 

He added that Shetty had lodged complaints against IRB and Sable Waghire Company in Lonavala police station and to investigate whether there was any link between those complaints and Shetty murder case, the CBI team went there and seized the laptop and hard disks.

 

"The then police station in-charge, Balraj Lanjile was investigating the cases, but was transferred to the Economic Offence Wing in the rural police department," he said.

 

Another CBI official said that they have gathered some vital information from the laptop and hard disk, which will help in the investigation of the case. Earlier, CBI had stormed into the local crime branch (LCB) office of the Pune Rural Police and seized hard disks from the computer.

 

After Shetty's murder, the rural police had arrested Advocate Vijay Dabhade, Shaym Dabhade, Parshuram Tipanna, Pramod Waghmode, Navnath Shelar and Dongrya Rathod and later, Dabhade was released on bail.

 

The remand reports and other important documents were created and stored on the computers in the rural police office. The investigation was transferred to CBI after Shetty's brother Sandip Shetty filed an intervention application, seeking CID or CBI inquiry.

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As reported in indianexpress.com on 12 April 2012:

RTI activist’s murder: CBI searches house of witness - Indian Express

 

[h=1]RTI activist’s murder: CBI searches house of witness[/h]

A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at the house of an eyewitness in the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty.

 

The team conducted seaches the house of Vandana Murhe in Talegaon Dabhade and seized some documents on Monday.

 

Shetty was murdered near a newspaper stall operated by Murhe on January 13, 2010. “Our teams spoke to Murhe and seized some documents from her residence today for investigations,” said CBI additional superintendent S P Singh.

 

The murder was earlier investigated by the Pune rural police, which had arrested six persons in the case, including advocate Vijay Dabhade who was later released on bail. Shetty’s family claimed that advocate Dhabhade was not behind his murder and demanded a CBI or CID probe. The investigation was then handed over to the CBI. Last week, a CBI team had seized a laptop and hard disc of a computer from Lonavala police station. Shetty, who had busted scams in the district using RTI, had filed complaints at Lonavala police station against two private companies. CBI is probing whether his murder was linked to any of these complaints.

 

The CBI had also seized a laptop and computers from the office of the local crime branch of Pune rural police for investigation into the case.

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As reported in ndtv.com on 20 April 2012:

Polygraph test on 12 people in RTI acitivist murder case

 

[h=1]Polygraph test on 12 people in RTI acitivist murder case[/h]

Mumbai: A sessions court on Thursday gave the green signal to the CBI to conduct polygraph tests on 12 persons in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty. These 12 include an IRB official and five suspects, who were earlier arrested by the local crime branch of the rural police.

 

Shetty was killed on January 13, 2010, near his Talegaon Dabhade home. He had exposed many land scams in the area using the RTI Act.

 

Police Inspector Anjir Jadhav from the CBI (Pune) yesterday produced Advocate Vijay Dhabhade, Pramod Waghmode, Navnath Shelar, Dongrya Rathod, Bapu Bhegade, Sagar Khollam, Kishor Aware, Kishor Bhegade, Hanumant Kalokhe, Umesh Phuge, Pradeep Bhalerao and IRB official Jayant Danagre in the court of Additional Sessions Judge S M Shinde and sought permission for the polygraph test on them. The court asked all the 12 if they were ready to face the lie detector, and they replied in the affirmative.

 

"We produced 12 people, including five accused arrested by the local crime branch of the rural police then, and witnesses in the court and sought permission for polygraph tests on them. The court gave permission," Superintendent of Police (CBI) Vidya Kulkarni said.

 

Jadhav said six of the 12 are witnesses in the case.

 

CBI sources said the then local crime branch police officials were also on the radar of the CBI as they had twisted the case and created fake witnesses, but Jadhav said it was too early to say anything about any police officers being under the scanner. After the murder, the local crime branch of the Pune rural police had arrested lawyer Dabhade and his clerk Waghmode, besides Rathod, Navnath Shelar and another accused Sham Dabhade. The police had also filed a 400-page chargesheet in the case.

Reward hiked to Rs. 10 lakh

 

The Anti-Corruption Branch of the CBI, Pune, has enhanced the reward to Rs. 10 lakh from Rs. 5 lakh for any person who gives credible information regarding the people involved in the conspiracy and murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty. The identity of the informant will be kept secret. Information may be sent to the Superintendent of Police, CBI (Anti-Corruption Branch), Akurdi.

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Reported by Ibnlive.in.com on May 02, 2012

Pune RTI activist murder case: 7 policemen to undergo polygraph test - India News - IBNLive

 

New Delhi: A Pune court on Wednesday gave its clearance for a polygraph test on seven policemen in connection with the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty. Shetty was murdered in 2010 in Pune. Shetty had exposed several land scams using the RTI.

 

Satish was hacked to death by unidentified men in January 2010 in Talegoan in Maharashtra.

 

Satish was credited with exposing several land scams in the Talegaon-Lonavala region, a favourite with realtors in the state.

 

In fact, he shot into fame after exposing 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 in moneylife.in on 02 May 2012:

Court grants permission for polygraph test IRB's Mhaiskar in Shetty murder case - Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazine

 

Court grants permission for polygraph test IRB's Mhaiskar in Shetty murder case

 

The CBI will conduct polygraph test on IRB's Virendra Mhaiskar, Sable-Waghire company director Nitin Sable and Shyam Dabhade as well for their alleged role in the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty in Pune

 

Pune: A local court has granted permission to the CBI to conductpolygraph test on ten more people, including seven policemen and Ideal Road Builders (IRB) director Virendra Mhaiskar, Sable-Waghire company director Nitin Sable and Shyam Dabhade, in RTI activist Satish Shetty's murder case, reports PTI.

 

CBI special public procecutor Ayub Pathan filed a plea to conduct the test in connection with the case, on which Additional Sessions Judge Sadhana Shinde granted permission yesterday. Mr Shetty was murdered near his residence at Talegaon Dabhade on 13 January 2010.

 

The policemen who will undergo the polygraph test include - inspector Sunil Tonpe, assistant police inspector Namdeo Kauthale,head constable, Ramesh Nale, constable Rajendra Mirghe, retired constable Kailash Labade and head constable Shahaji Athavale and police inspector Bhusaheb Andhalkar. The remaining three are Ideal Road Builders (IRB) director Virendra Mhaiskar, Sable-Waghire company director Nitin Sableand Shyam Dabhade, a suspect in Shetty murder case.

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Reported by Moneycontrol.com on May 03, 2012

IRB chairman investigated in murder case - Reuters -

 

The chairman of road building and real estate firm IRB Infrastructure Developers is being investigated by police in connection with the murder in 2010 of a man described as an anti-corruption activist.

 

The news sent the company's shares down as much as 18 percent.

 

Chairman and Managing Director Virendra Dattatray Mhaiskar and two other company officials are being investigated in connection with the murder of Satish Shetty, an official of the Central Bureau of Investigation told Reuters.

 

They have been asked to take a polygraph lie-detector test and the results will be known in June, said the official, who did not want to be named said.

 

Mhaiskar, who ranked 78th on Forbes' 2011 list of the richest Indians, denied any connection to the murder.

 

"I am pleading innocence in the case, I am not at all connected any how," he told Reuters.

 

Shetty died after being attacked with swords by unknown assailants whilst on a morning walk two years ago, according to media reports from the time.

 

They described him as a man who used the Right To Information Act to expose corruption, and that he had been investigating possible land-grabbing along an expressway operated by IRB Infrastructure.

 

The Right to Information Act of 2005 allows citizens access to information under the control of public authorities.

 

The Mumbai-Pune six-lane 95-km long expressway is India's first expressway, and was completed in 2002, halving the travel time between the two cities in Maharashtra and is IRB's signature project as an operator.

 

In a statement to the stock exchange, the company said Mhaiskar had been cleared by a previous local police investigation, and that he and other company officials had agreed to the CBI's latest demand for a polygraph test as they were confident of their "non-involvement" in the matter.

 

Mhaiskar said the investigation would have no bearing on the road developer, of which he said he owns 60 percent. Ahead of Thursday's share price drop, IRB was India's fourth-largest construction company by market capitalisation, worth $1.06 billion.

 

"This case has nothing to do with the company," he said by mobile phone.

 

The company held a conference call with analysts on Thursday afternoon in a bid to calm market nerves, but investors remain worried about the potential impact on the company.

 

"We believe this is a negative development against the company's growth prospects since Mr. Virendra Mhaiskar is the key personnel in driving the business," Rajeev Desai, analyst with IFCI Financial Services, said in a note to clients.

 

IRB operates mainly in India's road sector through several special purpose vehicles. According to its website, the company has built or operates some 8,000 lane kms of road so far. It recently diversified into real estate development and has land reserves of about 1,200 acres in Pune to build a township.

 

The company is due to announce annual results for the year to March 2012 on May 9. According to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, analysts forecast the company to post net profit of 4.89 billion rupees, 8 percent more than a year ago.

 

Shares in IRB Infrastructure closed down 10.8 percent at 149.7 rupees in unusually heavy trading volume, compared with the 0.87 percent drop in the benchmark index.

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Reported by Zeenews.india.com on June 01, 2012

CBI probes RTI activist murder case

 

Mumbai: The CBI on Friday questioned the then Superintendent of Police (Rural) Pratap Digaonkar and recorded his statement in connection with murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty in Pune in 2010.

 

Digaonkar was called to CBI office in Mumbai and was questioned at length by the officials and his statement about the case was recorded.

 

He was the Superintendent of Police (Rural) when Shetty was killed by unidentified assailants who attacked him with swords while he was on his morning walk on January 13, 2010.

 

CBI officials said that they wanted to know what the then SP had to say about the murder.

 

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The CBI has announced a reward of Rs five lakh to any person who will give credible information regarding the accused involved in the conspiracy and murder of the RTI activist.

 

The CBI had earlier this month got court's permission to conduct lie detector tests on 10 people including seven policemen and director of a private construction company in connection with the case.

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[h=1]Cop who probed Pune RTI activist's murder grilled[/h]Reported by Timesofiindia.indiatimes.com on Jun 2, 2012

Cop who probed Pune RTI activist's murder grilled - The Times of India

 

MUMBAI: The CBI on Friday questioned then superintendent of police in Pune (rural) Pratap Dighavkar who had supervised the investigation of the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty in 2010.

 

At present, Dighavkar is the deputy commissioner of police (Zone IX) and in charge of areas from Bandra to Oshiwara. On January 13, 2010, while he was still an SP in Pune, Shetty was killed by unidentified assailants who attacked him with swords when he was out for a morning walk near his residence at Talegaon. The murder took place after Shetty had filed queries under the RTI Act to unearthing land scams in Pune district.

 

When asked why Dighavkar was being questioned, Pune SP (CBI) Vidya Kulkarni told TOI, "CBI is investigating the Shetty murder case. Dighavkar was earlier supervising the probe. We cannot share the details of his statement." Dighavkar did not respond to repeated calls and text messages on his mobile by TOI.

 

The interrogations started soon after Dighavkar reached the CBI's Akurdi office around 9.30am on Friday and lasted till late in the evening. A CBI source said Dighavkar was asked to explain why Shetty was not provided with security cover in spite of him seeking protection, apprehending threats to his life.

 

In 2009, the Pune rural police received 697 requests for protection, including that of Shetty who had sought cover on November 24, 2009. Not a single plea was granted.

 

"Dighavkar was questioned on what evidence permission was granted to file chargesheet against the five arrested suspects, including criminal lawyer Vijay Dabhade," said the source. The Pune rural police had then filed chargesheet against accused Dabhade, Pramod Waghmare, Navnath Shelar, Dongrya alias Hanumant Rathod and Shyam Dabhade. The sixth suspect, Parshuram Telgu, was acquitted of the case owing to lack of evidence. "We wanted to know if Dighavkar was aware of a local cop who allegedly favoured one of the accused," said the source.

 

Taking suo motu cognizance of the murder, the Bombay high court had asked the CBI to probe the case. The CBI has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh to a person with credible information on the accused involved in the conspiracy and murder of Shetty. Earlier this month, the investigating agency got the court's permission to conduct lie-detection test on 10 people, including seven policemen and the director of a private construction company.

 

Pratap Dighavkar, who was an SP in Pune in '10, was asked why RTI activist Satish Shetty was not provided with security cover in spite of him seeking protection. He was also asked if he was aware of a cop who allegedly favoured one of the accused.

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Mumbai, June 1 (PTI) The CBI questioned the then Superintendent of Police (Rural) Pratap Digaonkar and recorded his statement in connection with murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty in Pune in 2010. Digaonkar was called to CBI office in Mumbai and was questioned at length by the officials and his statement about the case was recorded. He was the Superintendent of Police (Rural) when Shetty was killed by unidentified assailants who attacked him with swords while he was on his morning walk on January 13, 2010. CBI officials said that they wanted to know what the then SP had to say about the murder. The CBI has announced a reward of Rs five lakh to any person who will give credible information regarding the accused involved in the conspiracy and murder of the RTI activist. The CBI had earlier this month got court's permission to conduct lie detector tests on 10 people including seven policemen and director of a private construction company in connection with the case.

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Yogi M. P. Singh

Hon'ble members. Excellent job is being done by premier investigating agency. No any one must be spared by C.B.I. and it doesn't matter, howmuch influencial is the accussed and who ever be? Premier investigating agency must setup a good precedent so that no one may hatch conspiracy to eliminate RTI Activists cum whistle blowers.

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As reported by IANS in zeenews.india.com on 02 Nov 2012:

CBI searches IRB offices over RTI activist`s murder

 

CBI searches IRB offices over RTI activist's murder

 

Mumbai: The CBI, probing January 2010 murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty, today conducted searches at the offices of IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited, a company which was recently in news over its links with BJP chief Nitin Gadkari.

 

"Searches are being conducted at four premises of IRB in Pune," a senior CBI official said on condition of anonymity without disclosing details.

 

A year before he was killed, Shetty had lodged a complaint with Pune police's crime branch about an alleged land scam involving IRB chairman Virendra Mhaiskar.

 

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CBI, which was handed over the probe by the Bombay High Court last year, had on October 24 conducted searches at 11 places in connection with the murder.

 

Shetty was killed as he stepped out of his house on January 13, 2010, at Talegaon Dabhade town in Pune district.

 

In 2009, Shetty had written a letter to the Pune police seeking protection as he was allegedly being threatened by Mhaiskar.

 

Shetty had alleged that IRB and its subsidiary companies with the connivance of bureaucrats prepared fake documents to claim ownership of government land.

 

The IRB group is said to have extended huge unsecured loans to Purti Sugar and Power Limited run by Gadkari. The company had bagged contracts from the Maharashtra government when Gadkari was Public Works Department minister in the state.

 

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As reported by Mayura Janwalkar in indianexpress.com on 31 Aug 2013:

CBI not honest, killing time in Satish Shetty murder probe: HC - Indian Express

 

CBI not honest, killing time in Satish Shetty murder probe: HC

 

 

Even as several organisations across the country have demanded a CBI probe into the August 20 killing of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, the Bombay High Court Friday questioned the central agency's honesty in carrying out investigations into the murder of Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty who was murdered in 2010.

 

On January 13, 2010, Shetty was murdered in Pune, after which the Bombay High Court initiated suo motu action in the case. Shetty's brother had sought a CBI probe.

The CBI, which took over the probe on July 9, 2010, had moved the High Court challenging the 'C' summary report filed by the local crime branch, Pune (Rural) in a complaint filed by the slain RTI activist against Aryan Infrastructure and Investment. The report was accepted by the Judicial Magistrate (First class) in Vadgaon on December 27, 2011.

On Friday, Justice M L Tahaliyani told the CBI that reopening the case lodged by Shetty would not help them as nothing prevents them from making an independent inquiry into it. "They (CBI) are just killing time and are not honest with the investigation," Justice Tahaliyani observed. He told the CBI that instead of focusing on reopening of the complaint lodged by Shetty, it is crucial that the agency finds eyewitnesses in the case.

The 'C' summary report said the complaint was filed by Shetty "under misunderstanding." Shetty had filed a complaint against the developer under various IPC sections, including cheating and forgery, and said three sale deeds were executed to sell MSRDC land in Pune to the developers that were cancelled before the registration of the complaint.

"Even after the C (summary) report, the case is not closed. You (CBI) are not prevented from taking a different view and filing a chargesheet in the case," the judge remarked.

On August 13, following the High Court's direction, prosecutor Swapnil Pednekar had submitted an affidavit of assistant police inspector Sunil Tonape saying that after perusing the entire material collected during investigation, police had concluded that no offence was disclosed in the the complaint lodged by Shetty on October 15, 2009. Shetty's complaint had led to 13 persons being booked, of whom two had been arrested and one had sought anticipatory bail.

On Friday, opposing the CBI's plea against the 'C' summary report, prosecutor Deepak More told the court that the local crime branch, Pune rural would produce their case diaries to support their case.

Adjourning the case till September 17, Justice Tahaliyani told the CBI, "Instead of opening a pandora's box and failing, it is better that they (CBI officers) do their job. You consider my suggestion seriously."

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Reported by Manoj Dattatrye More in indiaexpress.com on Jan 14, 2014

Four years after Shetty murder, CBI ?on the verge? of cracking case | The Indian Express

 

Four years after Shetty murder, CBI ‘on the verge’ of cracking case

 

Four years after Pune RTI activist Satish Shetty was hacked to death, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) — which has been struggling to crack the case — has indicated that it is on the verge of unravelling the mystery behind the murder that had rocked the nation. “Hold on for four-five days…You will come to know,” said CBI joint director Keshav Kumar when asked whether the CBI has failed to trace the culprits.

 

Shetty (38) was murdered on January 13, 2010, when he had stepped out of his house in Talegaon area for a morning walk. He was stabbed on his head, hands, temple and neck by assailants who quickly disappeared from the scene and have remained untraceable since.

 

The case was first with Pune rural police. It was transferred to CBI after the slain activist’s brother, Sandeep Shetty, moved the Bombay High Court.

 

For months now, there has been no word on any major breakthrough achieved by the CBI in the matter. Puneites, especially RTI activists who constantly remain under threat, have been wondering whether the CBI will ever crack the case or shut it as it did in two cases — one involving alleged bribe and another pertaining to an alleged land grab.

 

But CBI officials are putting up a brave front. “The matter is under investigation,” said Kumar.

 

While stating that the matter is being investigated thoroughly, the CBI is not revealing anything. “We will not reveal anything at this stage, but will reiterate that the investigation in the case is going on,” said Kumar. After persistent questioning, he indicated that they will make an announcement in a few days. Though he did not reveal whether it will be about cracking the case, CBI sources said, “It will certainly be a significant revelation in the matter.”

 

Pune CBI Deputy Inspector General Vidya Kulkarni also refused to reveal anything on whether the CBI is about to crack the case or is nowhere near cracking it. She said the information will be given by the agency’s media cell.

 

The CBI has been re-investigating an alleged land scam complaint — made by Shetty’s in October 2009 — from November last year. The re-investigation started following a Bombay High Court ruling in response to a CBI application seeking to re-open Shetty’s complaint. The CBI had argued before the court that the complaint made by Shetty might have led to his murder.

 

In October 2009, Shetty had alleged that an infrastructure company had connived with government officials to purchase land in villages along the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. He had alleged massive irregularities in the deal. However, the Lonavla police had later filed a closure report in the matter, saying there was no truth in the allegations. CBI sources said the re-investigation has helped the investigating agency get vital clues in the matter.

 

Debunking the CBI investigation, RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar said in the last five years, 26 RTI activists have been murdered in the country.

 

“Of these 26, 13 have been murdered in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Seven have been murdered in Maharashtra and six in Gujarat. Only in one case, I think arrests have been made, but not a single person has been convicted. If the all-powerful weapon in the hands of the common man is going to claim lives, the people will lose faith in the system,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, Kumbhar inaugurated an RTI Katta at Jijamata Chowk Talegaon on Monday on the fourth death anniversary of Shetty. “It is a platform for RTI activists to discuss and share RTI developments. It will not be run by any organisation and will be an informal gathering of RTI activists,” he said. A similar RTI platform was inaugurated on January 5 at Chitranjan Vatika garden in Model Colony.

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Four years after Right to Information activist Satish Shetty was brutally murdered outside his home in Talegaon, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday, submitted the closure report in the case, naming no killers and sparking shock and disbelief among RTI activists.

After a byzantine, drawn-out investigation and a chargesheet running into more than 10,000 pages, the CBI submitted the report at the Wadgaon Maval court, 45 km from Pune.

“I am utterly crushed…the High Court’s directive had offered me some hope. Despite the succour given me by the CBI’s investigating officer, it is quite obvious that powerful forces have pressurized the agency to submit the closure report, and this at a time when the CBI was on the verge of finishing their investigations,” said a disconsolate Sandeep Shetty, his brother, commenting that “the change in government at the Centre had played a decisive part” in influencing the CBI’s decision.

Mr. Sandeep Shetty said he would appeal to the Bombay High Court.

 

Read more:

 

Satish Shetty murder: clueless about killers, CBI files closure report - The Hindu

 

CBI files 'closure report' in RTI activist Shetty murder case - The Times of India

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Who is behind the CBI closure report in Satish Shetty murder case?

 

The High Court had suo motu taken cognizance of Satish Shetty murder in 2010 and directed the CBI to probe it, which was otherwise being investigated by the Pune Rural Police. It had again, on 8th August, allowed the CBI to open up the land scam case in which, Shetty had lodged an FIR. In fact, CBI itself had made this requisition to the High Court, stating that it (the land scam) might be linked to the Satish Shetty murder and hence needs to be re-investigated. The High Court on 8th August, directed the agency to go ahead with the re-opening of the case and submit its report within four weeks. However, instead, the CBI submitted a closure report at Wadgaon–Maval court on the basis that there is no evidence against the 13 accused. All this in a matter of just three days, that is between 8th and 11th August 2014!

 

Read more: RTI activist Satish Shetty murder case - Moneylife

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Every one knows that R.T.I. activist was murdered but our corrupt system couldn't book the offenders. What is the credibility of apex investigating agency? We want justice for the R.T.I. Activist

 

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Who is behind the CBI closure report in Satish Shetty murder case?

 

Sandeep Shetty alleges an invisible hand of a minister behind the filing of closure report in his brother and RTI activist Satish Shetty’s murder case. The case handled by CBI since last four years was coming to a near conclusion when all of a sudden the agency filed closure report

 

In a suspicious and strange turn of events, after four years of investigations the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), suddenly filed a closure report in the Satish Shetty murder case on 11th August. CBI investigations led to a 10,000 page report; several trips abroad by the investigative agencies and almost zeroing on 13 culprits, which were giving an indication about solving the murder case of the Right to Information (RTI) activist. The CBI spokesperson on Monday told the media that the closure has been filed at the Wadgaon-Maval court as it could not find sufficient evidence to prosecute the accused persons.

 

Just to recall, the 13 accused persons were named by slain RTI activist Satish Shetty in a land grab case along the Pune-Mumbai expressway through forging of documents, in a first information report (FIR) lodged by him at the Talegaon police station in October 2009. The names included the high profile owner of Ideal Road Builders (IRB), Virendra Mhaiskar, who is close to several top notch politicians of Maharashtra, as well as a sub-registrar and others. It has been alleged that the subsequent brutal murder of Shetty on 13 February 2010, was closely linked to his lodging of his FIR of October 2009. In fact, the CBI stuck to this FIR as the motive for Satish Shetty’s murder for a good four years, until as recently as 8 August 2014 and then suddenly changed course in the last three days.

 

1407826650_Clipboard01.jpgThe High Court had suo motu taken cognizance of Satish Shetty murder in 2010 and directed the CBI to probe it, which was otherwise being investigated by the Pune Rural Police. It had again, on 8th August, allowed the CBI to open up the land scam case in which, Shetty had lodged an FIR. In fact, CBI itself had made this requisition to the High Court, stating that it (the land scam) might be linked to the Satish Shetty murder and hence needs to be re-investigated. The High Court on 8th August, directed the agency to go ahead with the re-opening of the case and submit its report within four weeks. However, instead, the CBI submitted a closure report at Wadgaon–Maval court on the basis that there is no evidence against the 13 accused. All this in a matter of just three days, that is between 8th and 11th August 2014!

 

Moneylife spoke with Sandeep Shetty, brother of Satish Shetty who is doggedly pursuing the case to seek justice. Here are the excerpts from the interview...

 

Moneylife (ML): How do you react to CBI’s sudden closure of your brother, Satish Shetty’s murder case?

 

Sandeep Shetty (SS): It is very shocking that the CBI should have made a turnaround in three days flat. Where is justice left? Earlier, we thought the local police might be influenced by some higher-ups, but now the CBI too has bent backwards to please those in political power. It is impossible for the investigative agency to take action on its own, as the High Court has directed on 8th August that it should submit the report to it in four weeks time. Even if you say that suddenly no evidence was found, the CBI cannot file a closure report; it should have submitted such a report to the High Court. This is clear case of contempt of Court and hence the closure report is invalid. In fact, the Wadgaon-Maval court has no powers to accept the report, which needs to be submitted to the District Court that in turn has to call me for hearing before accepting the report. I am going to contest it (the CBI action) and it will indeed be the biggest scandal if the District Court accepts the closure report. I’m also going to Wadgaon-Maval Court today to get the copy of the closure report. I am also going to file a petition to the High Court to re-investigate the case. I would be talking to my lawyer for advice.

 

ML: You have directly alleged that the closure is a result of political clout. Why do you say so?

 

SS: That’s because the CBI has been investigating the case since the last four years and on 20 December 2013 it specifically told the High Court that Satish’s murder is directly related to the FIR Satish has lodged against Mhaiskar and others in 2009. Again, a few days back, on 8 August 2014, the CBI told the High Court that prima facie Satish’s FIR is the basic motive for his murder. This gave me hope that the case was on its way to getting solved and the culprits would be booked and punished as per Law. However, what else can one derive when in three days flat the CBI completely changed its stance and said that there is no circumstantial evidence against the accused, who were very much the accused until 8 August 2014.

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We all know Nitin Gadkari’s links with the the Ideal Road Builders-IRB group of companies and it’s all in the public domain wherein IRB had loaned large amounts of money to Gadkari’s controversial Purti group of industries. Hence, I strongly feel that Gadkari’s pressure on the CBI resulted in the latter doing a complete u-turn unlawfully. Would you believe that any government agency can do such a startling and brazen turnaround on its own, especially when it was sticking to its ground for a good four years?

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HC asks brother for fresh writ petition

 

SATISH SHETTY MURDER CASE

 

Court tells brother it cannot address his plea to stay CBI closure into the murder case, as his application addressed a possibly related land scam case.

 

On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court (HC) refused to accept an application filed by Sandeep Shetty, the brother of slain RTI activist Satish Shetty, asking for a stay order on the closure report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murder case earlier this month.

 

Now, Shetty will be filing a separate writ petition on Monday next week, asking for a re-investigation into the murder case.

 

Shetty, the complainant in the case, had expressed regret over the sudden closure by CBI on August 13. He approached the HC last week requesting a stay order on the CBI decision, claiming there were several loopholes in its report.

 

However, after going through the application filed by Shetty, the HC bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode informed him that he had submitted an application dealing with the case of a land acquisition scam, allegedly committed by one reputed infrastructure development company and a real estate firm along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. He was told that though there is a possible link between the land scam case and the Satish Shetty murder case, an application for a stay order on the CBI closure report could not filed before this bench, as it no power to hear the petition in the land scam case.

 

The bench then suggested that Shetty file a separate petition.

 

Simultaneously, the Pune Sessions Court that received the CBI closure report of the case from the Wadgaon Maval Magistrate's Court, will also take a further decision on September 22.

 

Speaking with Mirror, Shetty said, "I was under the impression that both cases — the murder case and land grab case — were closed by CBI as the same thing, but it was only the murder case. Now, on Monday, I will appear with a fresh writ petition, requesting CBI to re-open the investigation into the murder case. We are preparing a draft of the petition and will file it on Monday with evidences before the HC bench."

 

Shetty further said that they are also waiting for the decision from the Pune Sessions Court, before which the closure report is still pending. "We are also expecting this court to ask for a reinvestigation on September 22."

 

"It is under the jurisdiction of the Bombay HC to reject or accept a closure report," senior CBI officials told Mirror, adding, "though the report calls for closure, the CBI can reopen the case at any stage. Shetty applied because he thought that the case related to the land scam was also closed. We will act according to further directions from the HC."

 

Read More: HC asks brother for fresh writ petition - Pune Mirror

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No stay on Shetty murder case closure proceedings

 

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the investigating officer in the Pune RTI activist Satish Shetty murder probe to explain an allegation that he was "pressurized by superiors'' to file a closure report in the case but did not stay the closure proceedings in a Pune court.

 

The HC order by a bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode was passed while hearing a petition filed by Shetty's brother Sandeep Shetty, who questioned the closure and wanted it set aside. He named Ranjeet Singh CBI director and other top officers including special director Anil Singh and joint director Keshav Kumar personally as respondents as well as the Investigating officer in the petition.

 

The HC however after hearing preliminary objections raised by CBI counsel Hiten Venegaonkar did not issue notice to the CBI director and other officers. The closure report filed last month before a Maval magistrate is since pending for orders before a Pune sessions court.

 

The directors did not act in their personal capacity and only the CBI must be named, the judges agreed.

 

Read More: No stay on Shetty murder case closure proceedings - The Times of India

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CBI to reinvestigate RTI activist Satish Shetty murder

 

CBI to reinvestigate RTI activist Satish Shetty murder - The Hindu

 

The CBI on Monday decided to reinvestigate the murder of Pune-based RTI activist Satish Shetty in view of new evidence recovered during the searches at the offices and residence of a prominent builder in January.

The decision to close the murder case was taken in June 2014 — while the closure report was filed before the special court in August, the CBI sources said.

They said the agency has decided to reinvestigate the murder after it recovered certain documents, indicative of possible missing evidence in the murder case, from a builder whose offices and residence were searched in January in a separate case registered in November.

After registering the fresh case, the CBI had carried out searches at 21 locations in Mumbai and Pune in the premises of IRB infrastructure developer to probe allegations of land grabbing along Mumbai-Pune highway on the directions of the Bombay High Court.

The CBI sources said the searches were an offshoot of the murder of Shetty, who had sought information on the alleged land grabbing by IRB Infrastructure developers.

The Bombay High Court, on the request of the CBI, had handed over the probe to it to investigate allegations of land grabbing.

The CBI had registered a case under various Sections of IPC related to cheating and forgery against Deepak Dattatrey Gadgil, who is the authorised signatory for Aryan Infrastructure (a subsidiary of IRB infrastructure) and 12 others, the sources said.

The CBI had carried out searches at 21 locations, including the offices and residence of Gadgil and Virendra Mahaiskar, managing director, IRB Infrastructure. The premises of other 15 individuals were also searched, they said.

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