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    Atul Patankar
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    As reported at on 14 January 2010

    PUNE: Police have detained four persons for interrogation in connection with the murder of social activist Satish Shetty at Talegaon village near here.

    Shetty, who unearthed many land scams using Right to Information (RTI) in Pune district, was fatally attacked on Wednesday by two unidentified assailants when he was out for a morning stroll at Talegaon where he lived.

    He succumbed to death before admission to hospital. Residents of Talegaon observed a Bandh in protest against the killing of the 38-year-old-activist who was closely associated with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

    No formal arrest has so far been made in the case, police sources said.

    Source: Pune: 4 held in RTI activist's murder case - Pune - City - The Times of India

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    As reported at on 14 January, 2010

    He got threat calls: Murdered RTI activist's brother

    Mumbai: Four people have been detained by the Pune police in the RTI activist Satish Shetty’s murder case on Wednesday morning.
    Satish was hacked to death by unidentified men on Wednesday in Talegoan in Maharashtra.
    Satish was credited with exposing several land scams in the Talegaon-Lonavala region, a favourite with realtors in the state.
    In fact, he shot into fame after exposing corrupt land deals in and around the country's first expressway from Mumbai to Pune over a decade ago.
    CNN-IBN talked to Satish's brother Sandeep Shetty who said his brother used to get threat calls.
    CNN-IBN: He had been receiving a lot of threat calls, in fact he had also lodged a complaint with the police, in fact on today (Thursday) was the day when he was supposed to have received police protection.
    Sandip Shetty: Recently he was involved in RTI about some land grabbing cases on the Expressway where people involved were very high profile and he had some calls and then he started believing that he had security threats and he had registered his application with the Superintendent Of Police (SP) office for police protection. But the day before police protection arrived, they did it.
    CNN-IBN:You just went to the police station as well, what is the administration as well as the police telling you right now?
    Sandip Shetty: Well, there is no information whatsoever. I asked them about the crime site investigation, they don't have much about it. They are saying that they are rounding up people. As I said that because there are lot of powerful people involved, they are going to be under a lot of pressure. The more shocking thing for me was to see was that the common people who were there, for whom he (Satish) was working, were also not there to help him and that is what we need to change. We need people to take the initiative to go ahead and help people.

    Source: He got threat calls: Murdered RTI activist's brother

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    Re: Success at the cost of life

    If the govt, judiciary want to respect the Indian laws including the RTI Act05; the Bombay High court, & Supreme court of India, & the Chief minister of Maharashtra must immediately suo moto order the CBI inquiry in the RTI man murder.
    Actually this murder was not of a person ; but was murder of the Holy Indian Law.
    Prime Minister, Home Minister, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi , Minister of DoPT P.Chavan must not sit silent on such murder of Constitution of India.

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    Re: Success at the cost of life

    It is not the death of Satish Shetty but of the Democracy, a threat given to all the RTI users and activist.
    Power of Pen V/s Power of Money

  5. #13
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    As reported by Tarun Nangia in on 15 January 2010:
    RTI activist murder: Firm official questioned

    RTI activist murder: Firm official questioned

    A day after Pune-based Right To Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty was brutally murdered, the police have started questioning those linked to the cases exposed by Shetty. Superintendent of Police, Pune Rural, Pratap Dighavkar said five investigation teams have been set up.

    Deputy Superintendent Shrikrishna Kokate said companies that had been affected by Shetty’s RTI queries would be questioned. Shetty’s brother Sandeep had named companies in the list of suspects in his police complaint.

    “So far we have no clue about the assailants. But we have confirmed that after the murder, they escaped from the spot on a motorcycle. We are probing whether they were contract killers,” he said. Four persons have been detained for questioning.

    Police are also trying to determine if a criminal from Talegaon, who was booked under MCOCA and is now untraceable, was behind the murder.

    According to DIG (Registration) Chintamani Joshi, it was a complaint by Shetty that brought to light a fake land registration racket in Maval. “An investigation confirmed that government land had been sold without permission of competent authority. Investigation is on and several tax evasion cases have been detected,” he said.

    ‘Whenever denied information, he used RTI’

    PUNE: Satish Shetty started getting involved in public issues after a bitter experience with the police 20 years ago. “Our whole family was harassed, Satish and me and our father were beaten up by the police after a waiter working for an eatery that my father used to run died,” says Shetty’s younger brother Sandeep.

    That incident in 1990 shaped Shetty’s resolve, he says, and once the RTI Act came into being in October 2005, he made extensive use of it. “Whenever Satish was denied information, he used RTI as his weapon.”

    Shetty used it to uncover scams, mostly related to land, PDS and illegal structures, and also advised people how to use the RTI as a weapon to get justice. Many aggrieved people used to come to him for guidance, Sandeep says.

    “In 2006, using the RTI Act, he exposed Krushna Karke, former city president of the Talegaon Municipal Council (TMC), who had built his bungalow in 2003 on land which belonged to the Railways. This led to the illegal structure being demolished in 2007, and a hue and cry in political circles. He did not stop at that, during the same year taking on an influential builder,” says advocate Sushilkumar Pise, who was associated with Shetty for the last five years.

    Using RTI, he took on Pune zilla parishad member Nitin Sable, who is now facing a case over “illegal” acquisition of 11 acres of land, as well as exposed the “nexus” between Talegaon Municipal Council officials and a private businessman, Sandeep says. A marriage hall owner who was affected as a result had attacked Shetty, following which he had filed a complaint, says Arun Mane, a close friend.

    However, the biggest scam Shetty unveiled through RTI involved 3,000 acres of land in Maval taluka, which were allegedly allotted to big companies through “collusion” with officials in the local town planning department. “It highlighted use of forged documents to acquire land along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. A sub-registrar was suspended after the state government instituted an inquiry,” says Sandeep. It was tragic that the government could do nothing to save his brother’s life, Sandeep adds, as it was no secret that because of his crusades against the land mafia, he had become an eyesore for the high and mighty.
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  6. Re: Success at the cost of life

    There is need to be one Umberla organisation for all RTI Activist across the country. The time has come.
    This I was requested time and again to leading activists.

    However, I am hopeful that will evolve that very soon.

    I would appeal on the leading activist to take the matter to logical conclusion.


    HC seeks report on Shetty’s death

    (Our political Bureau & Agencies)

    ECONOMIC TIMES, 15.1.2010. (Page 2.)

    MUMBAI: Taking a suo motu note of the murder of social activist Satish Shetty and the apparent lawlessness in the state, the Bombay high court on

    Thursday directed the state DGP to file a report within a week on the investigations.

    A division bench of Justices F I Rebello and J H Bhatia also mentioned the recent attack at the residence of Naina Katpalia, a Mumbai-based activist and a member of NGO Cityspace, which filed a PIL in the high court. Mentioning reports about Mr Shetty, the court said: “This incident came immediately after attack on another activist (Kathpalia) who is a petitioner before this court.”

    “Such incidents are to dissuade public interest litigants from approaching courts. So this court cannot close its eyes to the incidents; and takes suo motu notice, especially that of murder of Mr Shetty.” The court also asked the DGP to file an affidavit about ‘threat perception’ to other activists in the state, within a week. The HC also directed the advocate-general to take instructions from the government in this regard. But on its part, the government preferred to keep mum on the issue. An otherwise camera-friendly home minister R R Patil has not issued any statement regarding the incident.

    However, a home ministry spokesperson admitted that significant rise in such incidents have impacted the state’s image. According to the Maharashtra home ministry sources, the Pune police have nabbed four persons in connection with Mr Shetty’s murder. Efforts are also on to find out why he was deprived of police protection even after receiving threats.

    Mr Shetty apparently had informed the local police station about the threat calls. The police even had decided to provide him round-the-clock protection. But the killers got him even before the security guards were deployed. “This also indicates that the perpetrators might have been aware of the police’s move,” a home ministry official said. “Investigations are also on to find the cause of delay,” he said.

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    Subject: MOST URGENT: Demand enquiry (Satish Shetty Murder) and Protection for RTI Activist from Govt.
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    Subject : Brutal Murder of RTI Activist Satish Shetty.

    We condemn the brutal murder of Mr. Satish Shetty. The reports and records clearly indicate he was fighter for our nation in the plain dress against the deep routed corruption. Like many other leading RTI Activist he used RTI Application to unearth the corruption. This is not the first case, there were similar case reported from across the country and threat even loom around many RTI Activists.

    1. We demand immediately the Govt of India should constitute enquiry and bring the report to public within 7 days. We demand either a sitting judge or CBI enquiry.

    2. Any request from any of the RTI Applicants who face the life threat must be immediately provided protection by concerned state police. The Home Minister and Home Secretary must issue direction immediately to this effect.

    These RTI Activist are also the soldiers of this great nation and an asset to nation. They are serving the nation acting in a manner protecting the vital assets, economy, system and need protection.


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    Re: Success at the cost of life

    Many leading Marathi papers have written editorials condemning the killing of mr. Satish Shetty.

    Here are a few links:
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    Re: Success at the cost of life

    As reported by Nitin Brahme at on January 14, 2010

    The man who asked too much

    For the land mafia and other merchants of corruption, killing RTI activist Satish Shetty was the only way out. Over Rs 4,000 crore, at least, was riding on scams he dared to expose. His colleagues say builders may have engineered the hit

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    Bangalore: Three years ago, T Christy (38) blew the lid off a power theft where his landlord was involved.

    Now, he has been running from pillar to post to see that disciplinary action is taken against two policemen who allegedly with his landlord tortured him.

    But now, the file pertaining to his case is ‘lost’.Christy’s former landlord was supplying water to nearly 30 tenants using power meant for agricultural purposes (for which tariff is low) and collecting money from them.

    He complained to the vigilance unit of BESCOM, which found Anthony guilty of misusing power supplied.

    A fine of Rs 12,000 was slapped on the landlord.

    Then a false extortion case was filed against him in 2008.

    A Sub-Inspector Shankarappa pressured him to keep quiet, saying he would get him Rs 50,000 from Anthony.

    He even threatened to kill him.

    Christy was beaten up released after four hours.

    Christy then approached the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), which found the two policemen guilty of acting at the behest of Anthony.

    The rights panel recommended exemplary action against the cops.

    </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Even as the police claim that murdered Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty made several enemies because of his activism, Shetty’s colleagues — Kishor Kavde and Arun Mane — are pointing fingers at the land scam involving Indian Road Builder (IRB) in Lonavla as the main reason behind his death.

    They also said that he was investigating four major scams at the time of his death. Such has been the intensity of the crime that even Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been forced to admit that it is a “serious matter”.

    He said, “The police will inquire into everything in detail. But if required, the government will intervene to provide
    whatever help, as may be required, in the investigation.”

    Shetty was killed by unidentified persons while he was out for a morning walk on Wednesday. Though he was rushed to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

    Shetty was district convenor of Bhrashtachar Dakshata Samiti. Kavde said, “We had already demanded details on the fake land registration at Lonavla. Following our demand, the IRB and Sable-Waghire’s land scams were exposed.”

    Mane said, “The entire Maval taluka is being exploited by land mafia. At least one farmer from the area used to approach Shetty every day for help in the matter.

    But other than this matter, we were also working on the fake ration card scam, illegal construction of Vaishali wedding hall and illegal construction by a corporator.”

    What could lead to Shetty’s murder?

    IRB’s land scam
    Shetty and his colleagues exposed the land scam near Lonavla. Some farmers gave information to Shetty about illegal land dealings in Taje and Pimpawadi villages.

    Shetty obtained information under RTI. It emerged that IRB had grabbed 2,800 acres of land in the villages, which belonged to the government, and is in the vicinity of the Expressway.

    A conservative estimate of the money riding on the project: 2,800 acre multiplied by Rs 1.4 crore (rough estimate of pricing) equals: 3,920 crore.

    IRB scam led to fake registration
    The circle officer of Lonavla, Ashwini Khirsagar, registered the fake documents of land purchase. She was exposed by Shetty following an RTI plea in September 2009, in which Shetty demanded inquiry into 3,000 registrations done by Khirsagar.

    Out of those, 1,000 registrations were found to be fake. She was also arrested in the case. She is currently out on bail and suspended from duty. Inquiry in this case is on.

    From fake registration emerged another land scam
    In this land scam, one more matter was exposed. Nitin Sable, director of Sable-Waghire Company and vice president of Pune District Education Board, had registered the 11-acre land of Adegaon.

    But it emerged that the land had already been sold to somebody else 10 years back.

    Ration card scam
    Shetty dug out information about ration cards in Talegaon and 200 fake cards were found in Babulal Nalband’s shop. His licence was cancelled and he was fined.

    But he managed to get the licence back. Then Shetty and his colleagues filed a PIL in Bombay High Court against the granting of the licence in August 2009.

    Illegal construction of Hotel Rohit
    The construction of Hotel Rohit, which is located at Talegaon Chakan Road, was proved to be illegal. The hotel is being run by Girish Kher, corporator of Talegaon council. Shetty had demanded cancellation of Kher’s corporatorship just last week.

    Wedding Hall Issue
    Shetty had applied for information related to the illegal construction of Vaishali Wedding Hall, beside Pune-Mumbai Highway.

    The hall is owned by Pilaji Sarode, father of Rajesh Sarode, who is member of the School Board of Talegaon Municipal Council. There has been no response in the case as yet.
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    Source: The man who asked too much, News - Latest - Pune Mirror,Pune Mirror

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