The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials associated with the probe in RTI activist Satish Shetty’s murder claim that the scrutiny of call records of the people they are examining and analysis of data retrieved from the hard disks of their computers have made some new revelations, which may result in some new arrests and exposing new facts.
RTI activist from Talegaon Dabhade, Shetty was stabbed on his head, hands, temple and neck by assailants, when he was standing at a newspaper stall after his morning walk on January 13, 2010. The Pune rural police, who initially conducted the probe, arrested and charge-sheeted lawyer Vijay Dabhade and four others. Later, after Shetty’s brother Sandip moved a writ petition in the high court, the case was transferred to CBI, which is investigating the case since November 2010.
Sources in the CBI said, “We are now digging deeper, and by the third week of January, we expect a major development. Many facts, which had not come to light before, have come to the fore after we carried out a series of raids at various places last month.”
The officer added, “Some new and shocking names have cropped up. Right now, four teams of CBI officers are working on the investigations. One of these teams is in Pune and three are in Mumbai. One of the teams working in Mumbai is scrutinising documents seized during the raid, while the other team from Mumbai is checking the charge sheets filed. The third team is analysing the seizure made during our raids and coordinating with legal experts.”
In October and November this year, a team from CBI, Mumbai, had raided 11 locations in Pune, including homes and offices of some people as part of the ongoing investigations in the case. The raided places belonged to people, who had undergone polygraph tests in the case earlier this year. The CBI conducted polygraph test on 16 people in May this year.