Sanatan Sanstha Lawyer Encouraged Destruction of Evidence, Says SIT Chargesheet
An accused in the Narendra Dabholkar assassination case, Sharad Kalaskar, has confided in the Karnataka Special Investigation Team (SIT) that Sanjeev Punalekar – the lawyer of Sanatan Sanstha (SS) – had called him to his office in June-July 2018, according to a report in the Bangalore Mirror. The lawyer is said to have asked Kalaskar to destroy the gun he used to allegedly murder Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.
Kalaskar, who was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) over the Nallasopara arms and explosives haul case, was named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the shooter, along with Sachin Andure, in the Dabholkar case.
The SIT, CBI, and Maharashtra and Karnataka Criminal Investigation Departments (CID) have been investigating the murder cases of Lankesh, Dabholkar, Pansare and Kalburgi, respectively. With the arrests made by the SIT and the affiliation of the arrested to the Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), the speculation – that these murders have been ideologically motivated – has almost been turned out to be true.…
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