HC asks brother for fresh writ petition
SATISH SHETTY MURDER CASE
Court tells brother it cannot address his plea to stay CBI closure into the murder case, as his application addressed a possibly related land scam case.
On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court (HC) refused to accept an application filed by Sandeep Shetty, the brother of slain RTI activist Satish Shetty, asking for a stay order on the closure report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murder case earlier this month.
Now, Shetty will be filing a separate writ petition on Monday next week, asking for a re-investigation into the murder case.
Shetty, the complainant in the case, had expressed regret over the sudden closure by CBI on August 13. He approached the HC last week requesting a stay order on the CBI decision, claiming there were several loopholes in its report.
However, after going through the application filed by Shetty, the HC bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode informed him that he had submitted an application dealing with the case of a land acquisition scam, allegedly committed by one reputed infrastructure development company and a real estate firm along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. He was told that though there is a possible link between the land scam case and the Satish Shetty murder case, an application for a stay order on the CBI closure report could not filed before this bench, as it no power to hear the petition in the land scam case.
The bench then suggested that Shetty file a separate petition.
Simultaneously, the Pune Sessions Court that received the CBI closure report of the case from the Wadgaon Maval Magistrate's Court, will also take a further decision on September 22.
Speaking with Mirror, Shetty said, "I was under the impression that both cases — the murder case and land grab case — were closed by CBI as the same thing, but it was only the murder case. Now, on Monday, I will appear with a fresh writ petition, requesting CBI to re-open the investigation into the murder case. We are preparing a draft of the petition and will file it on Monday with evidences before the HC bench."
Shetty further said that they are also waiting for the decision from the Pune Sessions Court, before which the closure report is still pending. "We are also expecting this court to ask for a reinvestigation on September 22."
"It is under the jurisdiction of the Bombay HC to reject or accept a closure report," senior CBI officials told Mirror, adding, "though the report calls for closure, the CBI can reopen the case at any stage. Shetty applied because he thought that the case related to the land scam was also closed. We will act according to further directions from the HC."
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