Narendra Dabholkar case: CBI opposes bail for Sanatan Sanstha's lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, cites statement of co-accused

Pune: The CBI on Tuesday cited a "Forensic Psychological Analysis Statement" of accused Sharad Kalaskar and told a court in Pune that he had admitted during the test that he and Sachin Andure killed rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. The prosecution cited the report while opposing the bail of lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, and said that it was already part of the charge sheet against Kalaskar.

 Narendra Dabholkar case: CBI opposes bail for Sanatan Sansthas lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, cites statement of co-accused

File photo of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. PTI

The argument on the bail plea of Punalekar is being heard before Additional Sessions Judge (special judge) RM Pande. The CBI has claimed that Kalaskar and Andure shot dead Dabholkar while he was on a morning walk on the Onkareshwar Bridge in Pune on 20 August, 2013.

Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Suryawanshi told the court Tuesday that the test on Kalaskar was conducted last year. During the test, Kalaskar told psychological experts that he, along with Andure, had killed Dabholkar, the SPP said.

Citing the same report, he said Kalaskar also admitted before the experts that he met Punalekar in June 2018 and that Punalekar instructed him to destroy the firearms used in the murder. The CBI has said Punalekar, if given bail, will tamper with evidence.

Punalekar and his assistant Vikram Bhave were arrested last month. Punalekar is accused of advising Kalaskar to destroy the firearms used in the Dabholkar as well as the Gauri Lankesh murder case.

Bhave is accused of conducting reconnaissance along with the two shooters and helping them escape after killing Dabholkar

Updated Date: Jun 25, 2019 23:42:49 IST