SC seeks Centre’s response on SIT probe into Kulburgi murder


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Centre on a plea by Uma Devi, the widow of rationalist M.M. Kalburgi, seeking a SIT probe into his murder. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the response as Uma Devi demanded a coordinated probe in the killings of Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dobhalkar as the circumstance surrounding them were the same.

The Kendriya Sahitya Akademi awardee, Kalburgi, was shot dead in August 2015 at his Dharwad residence in broad daylight by unknown assailants, who are yet to be arrested. Uma Devi has alleged that the probe by the Karnataka Police had not made any headway.

In Umadevi’s plea, she stated that the murder has “left every right-minded person in society shell-shocked”.

“Every offence is a crime against society and is unpardonable, yet there are some species of ghastly, revolting and villainous violations of the invaluable right to life, which leave all sensible and right-minded persons of society shell-shocked and traumatised in the body and soul,” stated her petition, reported News18.

Uma Devi said the SIT must be headed by a retired judge of the apex court or a High Court. The notice has also been issued to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the National Investigation Agency and the Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa governments.


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