Shetty case: After 2 yrs in jail, Dabhade gets bail

Nov 28 2012, 01:41 IST
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SummaryCBI special prosecutor Ayub Pathan had objected to the bail plea stating that although CBI had not filed the chargesheet, Pune rural police earlier investigating the case had filed a chargesheet in the case.

CBI special prosecutor Ayub Pathan had objected to the bail plea stating that although CBI had not filed the chargesheet, Pune rural police earlier investigating the case had filed a chargesheet in the case.

Sham Dabhade, the main accused in the Satish Shetty murder case in jail for the past two years since his arrest, was recently released on bail on the grounds of parity as three others accused in the killing of the RTI activist— Vijay Dabhade, Pramod Waghmode and Navnath Shelar— had got bail earlier.

Dabhade had stated in his bail plea he has been in jail for two years and that the CBI, which had taken over the case, is yet to file a chargesheet in court, and the trial is yet to begin.

Dabhade said in his application that he was falsely implicated in the case as he was in Rajure village in Akole when the incident took place and that his cellphone details had confirmed the location.

CBI special prosecutor Ayub Pathan had objected to the bail plea stating that although CBI had not filed the chargesheet, Pune rural police earlier investigating the case had filed a chargesheet in the case.

“Heavy arms and ammunition were recovered from Dabhade's possession. He has been charged with threatening witnesses and if he is released on bail, he may tamper with evidence,” Pathan told the court.

The police had seized a country-made sten gun, 22 bullets, 2 meat choppers, a scythe, nine mobile handsets and 16 SIM cards from Dabhade.

After hearing both sides, additional sessions judge Sadhana Shinde granted bail on the ground of parity. The court ordered the release of Dabhade against one or two sureties of Rs 25,000 on the condition of attending the CBI office on the 15th of every month.

RTI actvist Shetty, who had exposed several land scams in the area was killed on January 13, 2010. Shetty's younger brother Sandip had filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court on March 10, 2010 seeking a CBI/ CID investigation. The HC transferred the case to CBI on September 9, 2010.

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