CBI calls SP regarding the murder of the RTI Activist
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned Pratap Dighavkar, the then Superintendent of Police (SP), Pune rural, who had supervised the investigations of the murder of the RTI activist Mr. Satish Shetty in 2010. Unidentified assailants had stabbed Mr. Settyh to death on the morning of January 13 near his residence at Talegaon. The CBI declined to give the reasons for calling the SP and refused to share the details of the statement recorded.
It has been reported that the Pune rural police had received nearly 700 applications seeking police protection in 2009, including that of Mr. Shetty, but none of the applicants were provided police protection.
The CBI initiated the probe on the directions of the Bombay High Court which had taken suo motu cognizance of the murder and directed the CBI to investigate the case. A reward of Rs. 5 lakhs was announced by CBI for credible information regarding the accused involved in the conspiracy and murder of the RTI activist. A Court permission to conduct polygraph (lie detector) test on 10 people, including seven policemen and the director of a private construction company was obtained by the CBI with regard to the case.