Killing of liberal thinkers a risky trend: Bombay High Court

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

Mumbai: The "trend of killing all opposition" in India is "dangerous", the Bombay High Court said on Thursday while referring to the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, and rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.

"There is no respect for liberal values and opinions".

"This trend is risky."Lankesh's murder came up during the hearing of petitions regarding the killings of rationalists Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare". Liberal and like-minded people are targets of these organisations. People are increasingly being targeted for their liberal principles...

"It's like if there is some opposition to me, I must have that person eliminated,"Justice Dharmadhikari observed. This is giving a bad reputation to the country", the bench said". He succumbed to his injuries on February 20. Their families have approached the HC complaining about the lack of seriousness in the investigation of the murder cases.Responding to the petitions, additional solicitor general Anil Singh said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has done its best to trace the wanted accused in the Dabholkar murder case and the central agency has now secured some cyber inputs which may lead it to the absconding accused."But, in between one more person has been targeted, one more precious life has been lost", the judges interrupted him , As Reported By Hindustan Times.

The Bombay High court thus suggested that "the probe agencies should alter their line of investigation, and make use of technology to nab the killers for its apparent that the accused (s) are smart operators". "Between every adjournment, more precious lives seem to be lost..." The court even made a reference to the shocking murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead last month at her residence in Bengaluru.

The bench asked what would guarantee that more people would not be targeted for their beliefs and principles in the future. "They have organisational backing, funding, technological support, and arms at their disposal", the court noted.

The court, however, dismissed the apprehensions of the counsel for the families of Dabholkar and Pansare that the agencies were not probing the role of right wing group Sanatan Sanstha in the killings.

"While the court can't make details of the probe public, we can say this much that the probe reports have examined all angles. They have not ignored the possibility of the role of Sanatan Sanstha in the case", said Justice Dharamadhikari.

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