The CBI has filed a closure report in the District Session Court of Pune in connection with the murder case of RTI activist Satish Shetty, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday. In its report, the CBI gave clean chit to the chief accused Virendra Mahishkar and others in this case.
The question arises, who finally killed Satish Shetty?
What was the case?
Satish Shetty was an RTI activist from Talegaon Dabhade area of Maharashtra. She had also worked with social activist Anna Hazare.
On January 13, 2010, he was found dead near his house. He went out in the morning walk and some strange people attacked him.
When Satish Shetty’s brother Sandeep Shetty saw him unconscious, he took him to the hospital immediately but it was too late and the doctor declared Satish Shetty dead.
Sandeep Shetty had charged the chairman of IRB Infrastructure and murder of MD Virendra Mahishkar and other officials in this case.
Actually, four months before his death Satish Shetty had filed a complaint against Mahishkar and 13 other people under the land grab case in the Mawal Taluka area.
It was stated in the complaint that Mahishkar and others have grabbed 73.88 hectares of government land on the basis of fake documents.
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Satish Shetty had worked with social activist Anna Hazare
The local crime investigation department of rural police of Pune conducted an initial investigation into the matter. Police Inspector Bhausaheb Andolkar and Sub Inspector Kaushal were working on this matter.
The police also arrested a total of 6 people, including a lawyer from Talegaon Dabhade. But in the absence of the evidence, all were soon released.
After this, Sandeep Shetty appealed to the CBI to get the case investigated by the High Court.
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The CBI started its investigation from April 17, 2010. From April 2010 to August 2014, the CBI interrogated a total of 550 people with the help of anti-corruption bureau, conducted raids on 30 properties of IRB, tested polygraph of 36 people, and recorded more than 200 call records of people.
On August 8, 2014, the CBI filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court to reopen the land scam case. This appeal was made on the basis of the FIR lodged in Sandeep Shetty’s October 2009.
But just three days after the appeal was filed, the CBI filed a closure report on the murder of Satish Shetty on August 11, 2014, and said that the evidence is not being reconciled.
The CBI submitted its 1000-page closure report in the Pune sessions court. The most important thing in this report was that six accused were arrested after the investigation. Their names have been reported in the report which are as follows, Virendra Mahishkar, IRB’s Lieutenant Officer Jayant Dangre, lawyer Ajit Kulkarni, Pune Police Police Inspector Bhausaheb Adlakar and Sub Inspector Namdev Kothale and Lonavala’s DSP Dilip Shinde.
This report included Call Deitel between Dangre, Kulkarni, Adlakar and Mahishkar.
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CBI sought permission to open the case again
Re-open case closed again
From November 2014 to January 2015, the CBI once again raided the properties of IRB. The raids were carried out in connection with the land scam but some evidence related to the CBI’s case of Shetty’s murder was also received during this period. In this way on January 17, 2015 the CBI sought permission to reopen the case.
In April 2016, the CBI arrested the police officer, Anandalakar and Kaushal in this case, but in the same month both of them got bail too.
On July 4, 2016, the CBI filed its final charge sheet in this case. He submitted his report to the sessions court on March 27, 2018.
In this report, the CBI gave clean chit to Mahishkar and other officials.
After this, on Wednesday, April 18, the CBI put its closure report in front of the court in the absence of evidence.
‘I knew this had to happen’
After this, Virendra Mahishkar, chairman and managing director of IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited said, “After the long investigation, it was proved that we did not commit a crime nor did the land scam, we always respect the judiciary and the law. . ”
On the other hand, Sandeep Shetty said on the other side, “The CBI has started a loose approach in this matter from the beginning, they changed their investigation team three times. Anyway I knew that this result will come out in the end. ”
He further said, “I met the CBI director Alok Verma last year, he had said that as soon as possible, he will solve the matter. At the same time I felt that this case would be closed soon. ”
The BBC also tried to know the CBI’s position in this regard but none of the CBI was available to speak on this matter.
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