HC extends stay on trial in Pansare murder case till Dec 2

\ Mumbai, Oct 27 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today extended\till December 2 the stay on trial in Communist leader Govind\Pansare murder case to enable the Special Investigation Team\to file a supplementary charge sheet.\ Public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde informed the court that\SIT of Kolhapur police had made Virendrasing Tawde, alleged\member of conservative Hindu group Sanatan Sanstha, an accused\in the case.\ SIT would be filing a supplementary charge sheet naming\him, so the trial should be stayed further till then, he said.\ Tawde is also an accused in the Narendra Dabholkar murder\case, being probed by CBI.\ Justice Revati Mohite-Dere then granted further extension\to the stay.\ Pansare, a noted rationalist, was shot by two motorcycle-\borne assailants near his house in Kolhapur on February 16,\2015. He died a few days later.\ The high court stayed the trial before Kolhapur court in\June, 2016 on a petition filed by Pansare\\’s family so that SIT\could obtain a ballistic report from a forensic laboratory in\UK.\ The high court today also directed the lower court to\defer framing of charges against Sameer Gaikwad, another\alleged member of Sanatan Sanstha, who was arrested earlier in\Pansare case.\ The laboratory report is awaited to find out if there was\any link between the killings of Pansare, anti-superstition\activist Dabholkar and Kannada writer-scholar M M Kalburgi,\all three of whom had faced threats from right-wing extremist\groups. PTI SVS KRK\ZMN\SRE\

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