The Bombay High Court granted two weeks’ time to the Maval magistrate to decide on the complaint filed by slain RTI activist Satish Shetty against IRB chairman and managing director Virendra Mhaiskar.
On Monday, a division bench of justices NH Patil and PN Deshmukh told the magistrate to decide on the complaint while hearing a petition filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
“The CBI has sought permission to conduct a fresh probe, saying that the investigation by the local police is faulty,” said their counsel Hiten Venegaonkar.
In October 2009, Shetty filed a complaint with the Lonavla city police against 13 people, including Mhaiskar and a sub-registrar. The IRB has constructed the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Shetty had alleged that land acquired by the government for the expressway, for which compensation was paid, was re-sold by the original owners to Aryan Infrastructure and Investment — an IRB Group company.
In September 2011, the police field a closure report saying that they did not find any evidence to substantiate Shetty’s allegations. On November 19, justice ML Tahilyani of HC reopened Shetty’s complaint while setting aside the closure report. The HC had then sent the matter back to the metropolitan court and asked the magistrate to reconsider Shetty’s complaint afresh. However, the magistrate has not decided on the plaint till date.
The CBI had then filed an application seeking to reopen Mhaiskar’s plaint saying it could be linked to Shetty’s murder. The CBI has filed another plea before the division bench for conducting a fresh probe in Shetty’s complaint.
Venegaonkar argued on Monday that the probe in Shetty’s complaint too should be handed over to the central agency suggesting that it could have something to do with his murder.
Shetty was stabbed to death near his house on January 13, 2010, when he had stepped out for morning walk.