Published on: September 15, 2021 at 16:26 IST
In a significant development in Dr Narendra Dabholkar murder case 2013, a Special Court in Pune on Wednesday framed charges against five accused linked to radical outfit Sanatan Sanstha, marking the beginning of the Trials.
Out of five, four of the accused, Dr Virendrasingh Tawade, Sachin Andure Sharad Kalaskar and Vikram Bhave , were framed for the charges of Murder, conspiracy to commit Murder and under Section 16 of the UAPA (Unlawful Activity Prevention Act) 1967 pertaining to Terrorist Act and various provisions of the Arms Act for the use of firearm.
As per the facts of the case , Rationalist and founder of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) Dr. Dabholkar was shot dead by two assailants while he was on morning walk on VR Shinde Bridge near Omkareshwar temple in Pune on the morning of 20 August 2013. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which took over the case from Pune City Police in 2014, has so far charge sheeted five accused in the case.
The court was scheduled to frame charges in the last hearing of the case held on September 7.
The Court started the hearing in the presence of Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi, Defence Counsels Virendra Ichalkaranjikar and Prakash Salsingikar.