NARENDRA DABHOLKAR

  • CBI files FIR in Narendra Dabholkar murder case June 3, 2014

    Nearly a month after the Bombay High Court transferred to CBI the probe into the murder of antisuperstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune last year, the central agency on Tuesday registered an FIR against unknown persons. "We have registered an FIR in the Dabholkar murder case under section 120b (criminal conspiracy)...
  • Bombay HC transfers Narendra Dabholkar murder case to CBI May 9, 2014

    The Bombay High Court on Friday transferred to CBI the probe into the murder of antisuperstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune last year. Earlier, Pune police was investigating the highprofile case but there was no headway following which a PIL was filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar seeking a CBI probe...
  • Police submit 'case diaries' in Dabholkar killing before HC March 4, 2014

    The Pune police on Tuesday produced before the Bombay High Court the original 'case diaries' in the probe relating to the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar, complyng with its direction. The bench headed by Justice P V Hardas, however, asked police to submit a photostat copy of the case diaries...
  • Shiv Sena-BJP threaten to disrupt governor's budget speech February 23, 2014

    The opposition Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday threatened to disrupt Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan's budget session speech Monday over four crucial issues, including the Adarsh Society scam. The opposition boycotted Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's customary session-eve tea party Sunday evening and demanded replies to four crucial issues, including rejection of...
  • Dabholkar murder case: Bombay HC issues notice to CBI on PIL urging probe February 11, 2014

    The Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notice to CBI on a PIL urging probe by an independent agency into murder of antisuperstition activist Narendra Dabholkar to find out whether Hindu rightwing activists were involved in the crime. A division bench headed by Justice P V Hardas also allowed petitioner Ketan...
  • Pune: Narendra Dabholkar murder case cracked, 2 arrested January 21, 2014

    Five months after he was brutally shot dead in Pune, the police have cracked rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's murder case. Two people have been arrested on the basis of a ballistic report of the gun used in the murder. ...
  • Pune: Police arrest two in Narendra Dabholkar murder case January 20, 2014

    Two persons have been arrested in connection with the sensational murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Pune police said on Monday. Additional Commissioner of Police S Solunke said Manish Nagori and Vikas Khandelwal were arrested. They were reportedly engaged in illegal sale of firearms. The two accused are already under arrest in...
  • Narendra Dabholkar murder: Bombay HC bench recuses from hearing PIL January 6, 2014

    A bench of Bombay High Court on Monday recused itself from hearing a PIL seeking a probe by National Investigating Agency into the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune last year. "Not before me", said a bench headed by Justice NH Patil when the matter came up for hearing before...
  • Maharashtra: Antisuperstition bill tabled in state Assembly December 11, 2013

    Nagpur: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday tabled the antisuperstition bill in the state Assembly during the ongoing winter session in Nagpur. This bill seeks to replace the antisuperstition ordinance that was promulgated in the wake of the killing of noted rationalist and antisuperstition crusader Narendra Dabholkar. The proposed bill's ordinance was issued...
  • Two detained in Goa for Narendra Dabholkar murder December 7, 2013

    Pune Crime Branch has taken into custody two persons from Goa for questioning in connection with the murder of noted rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. The duo, hiding at a feast venue at Old Goa near here, was detained on December 3, Goa Deputy Inspector General of Police O P Mishra said on...
  • Cops rule out right wing involvement in Dabholkar murder November 29, 2013

    Mumbai: Police in the Maharashtra city of Pune on Friday ruled out the involvement of any right wing group in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar over three months ago. In an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court on Friday, Pune police said that doctorturnedsocial activist Dabholkar also did not...
  • NIA tells HC it cannot investigate Dabholkar's murder October 15, 2013

    The NIA,on Tuesday, informed the Bombay High Court that it cannot probe into the murder of antisuperstition activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar as the offence fell under the IPC and was not covered under the purview of NIA Act. Dabholkar, who spearheaded antisuperstition movement, was shot dead on August 20 by unidentified...
  • Now, a short film to spread rationalist Dabholkar's message October 12, 2013

    Pune: A short film made to support the antisuperstition mission undertaken by slain rationalist Narendra Dabholkar will now become a vehicle for propagating the cause for which he campaigned relentlessly. A Mumbaibased duo Amandeep Singh and Amarnath Chandaliya closely associated with Dabholkar, has produced an 18minute film titled 'Bhooth...
  • Foolish to seek CBI probe into Dabholkar murder: Shiv Sena September 21, 2013

    Shiv Sena said on Saturday that it would be "foolish" to demand a CBI probe into the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. Noting that police have been unable to nab the killers even a month later, the party, however, said it was willing to trust Home Minister R R Patil on...
  • Narendra Dabholkar murder: A month on, no arrests made September 20, 2013

    Pune: With no arrests even a month after rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's murder, a PIL now seeks transfer of the case to NIA, saying that the Maharshtra government was aware of threats to Dabholkar. "We are not satisfied with the probe. We are unhappy that even after one month, the killers remain...
  • Narendra Dabholkar's murder could be state-sponsored: Raj Thackeray September 19, 2013

    Expressing anguish over no breakthrough in rationalist Narendra Dabholkar murder case even after a month, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday alleged the killing could be "state-sponsored" one. "Since there is no breakthrough in the murder case of Narendra Dabholkar, the needle of suspicion is pointing towards the...
  • Dabholkar aides to take rationalist movement on national level September 14, 2013

    Pune: Supporters of Narendra Dabholkar's rationalist movement will now seek support of various political parties to press for a law in states to eradicate superstition-based malpractices. A delegation of Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), the anti-superstition organisation founded by Dabholkar - who was shot dead in Pune in August - will visit...
  • Maharashtra: 10-member delegation seeks Governor's help in bringing Dabholkar's killers to justice September 4, 2013

    A 10-member delegation of various political leaders and activists on Tuesday sought the Maharashtra Governor's intervention to bring the killers of renowned rationalist and activist Dr Narendra Dabholkar to justice. A delegation comprising Prakash Ambedkar, N D Patil, MLC Kapil Patil and CPI's Prakash Reddy met Governor K Sankaranarayanan at the...
  • Narendra Dabholkar death: Pune police releases sketch of 2nd suspect September 2, 2013

    Pune: Pune police on Monday released the sketch of the second suspect in Pune rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar's murder case. Sources told that the perpetrators can be seen in the CCTV footage collected from seven locations. The ballistics report is also expected on Monday. Earlier, a Sanatan Sanstha worker was picked...
  • Govt doing everything to nab Dabholkar's killers, says CM Chavan August 31, 2013

    Amid mounting criticism over police failure to nab rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's killers, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, on Saturday, said the state government was doing "all it can" to solve the murder case which has let to public outrage in the state. "We are making concerted efforts...we are doing everything possible,...
  • Police failed to nab real culprits in Dabholkar murder case: Sanatan Sanstha August 30, 2013

    Hindu right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha, whose name has cropped up in connection with the assassination of renowned rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, said in Mumbai on Friday that police investigation into the case is not heading in the "right" direction. Hitting out at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders for allegedly hiding the accused, Sanatan...
  • Dabholkar murder: Pune police quizzes Sanatan Sanstha worker August 29, 2013

    Pune: Pune police on Wednesday picked a Sanatan Sanstha worker from Goa as part of its probe into the murder of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar. The Sanatan Sanstha worker has been brought from Goa to Pune fro preliminary enquiries. However, the police have denied that anyone from the Sanstha has...
  • Dabholkar murder: Uddhav Thackeray accuses Maharashtra of vilifying Hindu groups August 25, 2013

    Accusing the Maharashtra government of being lax in arresting culprits involved in rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's murder, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said the government was bent on "maligning" the image of Hindu organisations by linking them to the killing. "The perpetrators of Dabholkar's murder are still at large as...
  • Maharashtra bans black magic, superstitious practices August 25, 2013

    Maharashtra heralds a progressive new era with a comprehensive law banning black magic, witchcraft and other superstitious practices coming into effect, officials said on Sunday. Governor K Sankaranarayanan signed an Ordinance on Saturday evening which will curb all these practices, and award stringent punishment for practitioners. Maharashtra is the first state...
  • CCTV footage of assailants released in Dabholkar murder case August 25, 2013

    Mumbai: In a crucial development in the case of the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar on August 20, Maharashtra police have released CCTV footage of the two alleged assailants on bike. The footage which shows the assailants on the bike was recorded around 6:30 am before the incident happened at...
  • Anti-superstition ordinance promulgated in Maharashtra after Dabholkar's murder August 24, 2013

    The anti black magic and superstition ordinance has been promulgated in Maharashtra, four days after the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune. Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has given his assent to the anti black magic and superstition ordinance. "The ordinance has been promulgated," a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said in Mumbai this...
  • Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan signs anti-superstition ordinance August 24, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has given his assent to the anti black magic and superstition ordinance. The move is likely to relieve preassure from the Maharashtra government which has been under severe criticism for the delay in the Bill. The state government on Wednesday had cleared...
  • Dabholkar killing probe heading in right direction: RR Patil August 23, 2013

    The probe in the murder case of rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar is heading in the right direction, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said in Mumbai on Friday. "Investigation into the Dabholkar murder case is on the right track. The case will be cracked soon," Patil assured a delegation of journalists. Till...
  • Dabholkar murder: Centre rejects Maharashtra plea to ban Abhinav Bharat August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: The Centre has turned down the Maharashtra government's proposal to ban Abhinav Bharat, a right wing outfit accused of carrying out a bomb attack at Malegaon in 2008. The government, however, is yet to make up its mind on banning the Sanatan Sanstha, a group blamed by many...
  • Dabholkar's killing: Rajya Sabha seeks for a House resolution August 22, 2013

    The killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar reverberated in Rajya Sabha on Thursday with members cutting across party lines condemning it and seeking a House resolution while a Congress member demanded banning right wing extremist "organizations like Sanathan Sanstha". Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Hussain Dalwai (Cong) said that merely punishing...