A special court on Saturday for the second time extended the CBI remand of Sharad Kalaskar, the alleged second shooter in the killing of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, till September 17.The Central Bureau of Investigation sought for extension on grounds that a person who was apparently present on the day of the murder on August 20, 2013, had allegedly helped the two named shooters — Sachin Andure and Kalaskar — identify Dr. Dabholkar when he was out on a morning stroll in Pune’s Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge (also known as the Omkareshwar bridge).“During the reconstruction of the crime, it has come to the agency’s notice that there was a person who identified Dr. Dabholkar to the two assailants, making it possible for them to kill the rationalist. Investigation has revealed that the shooters had not seen the victim in person before the murder. So, Kalaskar’s further custody can help in identifying this person,” said CBI counsel, Vijaykumar Dhakane.The agency further submitted that on the night of July 23 this year, Kalaskar, who was on his way to meet Vaibhav Raut (arrested by the ATS in the arms haul case) at the latter’s residence in Nallasopara, had dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the water in areas in Greater Mumbai and Thane.“The firearms used in Dr. Dabholkar’s murder may be among those arms dismantled by Kalaskar,” said advocate Dhakane, stating that further custody was essential to know the spots at which he destroyed these arms and if possible recover them.“The agency has taken Kalaskar to locations such as Kalwa bridge at Thane creek and Bhayander bridge at Vasai creek, but the accused cannot identify the exact spot from where he threw the firearms. Hence, the CBI seeks his further custody,” the remand application reads.Judicial magistrate, first class, S. M. A. Sayyed accordingly extended Kalaskar’s remand till September 17.Arguing against an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, advocate Dharmraj Chandel said that the CBI had failed to make any significant recovery or elicit any vital piece of information during Kalaskar’s 12-day custody.“Kalaskar has already cooperated with the agency and has told them everything he knows. 12 days is sufficient for the CBI. Yet, the agency, by bringing up new pretexts for the extension of his custody, is merely trying to prolong the investigation on vague theories,” said Mr. Chandel.“Till recently, the CBI failed to make any progress in the investigation into Dr. Dabholkar’s murder. It was only when the ATS shared information with the CBI that the latter took Kalaskar and Andure in their custody,” he said.
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