Dabholkar murder case: Main accused remanded in CBI custody

PUNE: The alleged main shooter arrested in the Narendra Dabholkar killing case received ‘shooting training’ at various places in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Central Bureau of Investigation told a court in Pune on Sunday.

Andure, a resident of Aurangabad, was nabbed from Pune, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokesperson said earlier.

The entire conspiracy was hatched by Dr Virendra Tawde along with this accused and this (conspiracy) needs to be unearthed for which his custodial interrogation is needed,” the CBI counsel told the court.

He was believed to be one of the shooters who fired at Dabholkar while he was on morning walk on the Onkareshwar Bridge in Pune on August 20, 2013, the CBI spokesperson said.

Dr. Dabholkar’s kin have continually expressed grave reservations about the sluggish pace of the investigation and State government’s apathetic attitude towards the case.

The Bombay High Court’s recent pulling up of the agencies for their tardy progress might have spurred them to action,” commented Dr. Hamid Dabholkar the slain rationalist’s son said.

Supreme Court restored the honour of an Army veteran who was among officers led Operation Blue Star

NEW DELHI: A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bushan dismissed the appeal of the Centre against the AFT order but reduced the cost imposed on the government from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 lakh.

The top court upheld the decision of Armed Forces Tribunal setting aside the “punishment of reprimand” awarded to Major (now retd) Kunwar Ambreshwar Singh on charge of retaining certain electronic items recovered during the operation to flush out Sikh extremists from the Golden Temple Complex.

We see no merit in this appeal and the same is, accordingly, dismissed. However, we find that the costs of Rs 10 lakhs imposed upon the appellant is quite excessive. We reduce the said costs to Rs 1 lakh,” the bench said.

Singh was commissioned in the Army in 1967. As a Major in the 26 Madras Regiment in June 1984, he was posted at Jalandhar as part of the 38 Infantry Brigade and 15 Infantry Division. It was then that he was assigned the task to flush out Sikh extremists from the temple compllex in Amritsar.