On a plea by Pansare’s family, the HC is monitoring the investigation that was transferred on August 3, 2022 from an SIT of state police to ATS. Pansare was shot on February 16, 2015 in Kolhapur and died in a Mumbai hospital on February 20, 2015.
Senior advocate Ashok Mundargi, for ATS, submitted in a sealed envelope a progress report to Justices Ajay Gadkari and Shivkumar Dige. He said the trial is on, six witnesses are examined and a search is on for absconding accused Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar. “They are absconding right from day one,’’ said Mundargi.
The judges asked how much more time ATS will require for the probe. Mundargi replied that the two accused are absconding. “As and when the absconding accused are arrested many other questions which today are unanswered will be answered. For that there cannot be a time limit,’’ he added. The judges then granted ATS 3 months for further investigation and to file a progress report.
Advocate Subhash Jha, for an accused Sharad Kalaskar objected to HC monitoring of the matter to continue. “It has a deleterious impact on the trial as said by the Supreme Court,’’ he added. But the judges said the accused has no say in regard to investigations. “You don’t have a right of audience,’’ said Justice Gadkari. When advocate Amit Singh, for the Pansares, sought direction for a video-conference facility as 6 witnesses are from Bangalore, the judges said he must apply to the trial court. “We are only monitoring the investigation,” said Justice Gadkari.