Unhappy with probe, Pansare's kin seek change in investigator

(Eds: Adds details) Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) The family of slain activistGovind Pansare on Friday filed an application seeking changeof investigating officer in the case, even as the Bombay HighCourt cautioned that such requests could have a negativeimpact on the probe.

The activist was shot and injured on February 16, 2015near his house in Kolhapur in western Maharashtra, and diedfour days later.

A special investigation team (SIT) of the Maharashtrapolice's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is probingPansare's killing.

In its application, Pansare's family said it was notsatisfied with the manner in which the investigating officerwas handling the probe.

A division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and R IChagla, however, noted that such an application could have anegative impact and scuttle the probe.

'The applicant (Pansare's family) should realise thenegative impact such an application will have. This will onlyscuttle the investigation. Nothing should rebound on theapplicant,' the court said.

The probe agency's counsel Ashok Mundargi told thecourt it would file its reply to the application byDecember 19.

The court was hearing petitions filed by the familiesof Narendra Dabholkar and Pansare seeking court supervision inthe probe being carried out by CID and Central Bureau ofInvestigation.

Dabholkar, a well-known anti-superstition activist,was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune.

The bench was, on Friday, informed by CBI counsel AnilSingh that the agency would require 45 more days to completeits search and recovery operation being carried out at a creekin neighbouring Thane district.

The agency claims accused persons had disposed of theweapon used to kill Dabholkar in the creak.

The bench gave the CBI to complete the search andrecovery operation. PTI SP ARUBNM BNM