A special court on Saturday has given time to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) till June 16 to quiz Dr. Virendra Tawde, a fringe rightwing Hindutva activist arrested by the agency in connection with the 2013 murder of firebrand rationalist-thinker Dr. Narendra Dabholkar.
Dr.Tawde is a member of Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) – a splinter of the Sanatan Sanstha. This is the first arrest in Dr. Dabholkar’s murder nearly 34 months since his death. The CBI had taken over the probe in May 2014 following the directions of the Bombay High Court.
Who was Dr. Narendra Dabholkar ?
Narendra Achyut Dabholkar (November 1945 – August 2013) was an Indian rationalist and author from Maharashtra, India. In 1989 he founded and became president of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), (the Committee to Eradicate superstition in Maharashtra). Triggered by his murder on 20 August 2013, the pending Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Ordinance was promulgated in the state of Maharashtra, four days later. The next year, in 2014, he was posthumously awarded the Padma Shri for social work.