Pune RTI activist murder case handed over to CBIApril 7th, 2010 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Nearly three months after Pune-based right to information activist Satish Shetty was gunned down while he was on a morning walk, the case was Wednesday handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
“We are happy with this and we now hope that justice will be done,” said Sumaira Ali, another RTI activist from Mumbai, who is also a party to the ongoing hearing on a public interest petition at the Bombay High Court.
A prominent right to information (RTI) activist, Shetty is said to have unearthed many corrupt land deals in the prime Talegaon-Lonavla region on the outskirts of Pune and was reportedly on the hit list of builder-mafia groups. He was killed Jan 13.
A day after the killing, the Bombay High Court took suo moto note of the incident and directed the state government to file an affidavit in the case.
When the case came up for hearing Wednesday afternoon, government counsel N. Deshpande informed the court that the state has decided to hand over the probe to the CBI. A notification to this effect had been issued Tuesday, he said.
Ali said that since there was no headway in the police probe, the activists were demanding a CBI probe into Shetty’s killing.
The murder was one among a series of brutal attacks on whistle-blowers and social activists in Mumbai and other parts of the state in recent times.
Last month, Ali along with media personnel and local activists, had gone to investigate an environmental issue in Raigad district, around 150 km south of Mumbai. Her vehicle was attacked allegedly by some goons of the local sand mafia.
- Court orders police to probe killing of RTI activist (Lead) - Jan 14, 2010
- Activist's killing: Eight cops to undergo polygraph test - May 02, 2012
- Court orders probe into Pune RTI activist's killing - Jan 14, 2010
- Court asks for report on attack on Mumbai activists - Mar 17, 2010
- Full faith in Anna's movement, say whistle-blowers' families, friends - Mar 25, 2012
- RTI activist attacked near Pune - Jan 02, 2011
- Court orders probe into Pune RTI activist's killing - Jan 15, 2010
- RTI activist attacked in Maharashtra - Apr 18, 2011
- RTI activist brutally attacked - Jun 22, 2011
- Whistleblower-RTI activist Satish Shetty killed (Lead) - Jan 13, 2010
- Killed RTI activists are martyrs: Moily - Sep 13, 2010
- RTI activist Satish Shetty killed near Pune - Jan 13, 2010
- Murdered IM operative's lawyer to seek CBI probe - Jun 08, 2012
- Probe bribe-giving case against officials: Court - Sep 03, 2012
- Dey's murder: Court seeks status report from Mumbai Police - Jun 16, 2011