The family members of a victim in the horrific Palghar murder by mob lynching of two sadhus and their driver petitioned to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey for an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the probe. Petitioning to the Chief Minister on behalf of Nirmala Suresh Telgade and Pooja Nilesh Tegade, the mother and wife of driver Nilesh Telgade, Advocate Ishkaran Bhandari pointed out that as the role of Maharashtra Police is totally challengeable, the probe must be handed over to the CBI.
Driver Nilesh Telgade was brutally murdered by the unruly mob in Palghar along with two Sadhus Maharaj Kalpavruksha Giri ji and Maharaj Sushil Giriji on April 16. “That one of the most distressing visual in the videos of lynching is where the old Sadhu Shree Kalpavriksha Giri ji is coming out with a police officer, with a look of hope on his face that he is now safe, a hope which is sadly dashed in the most gruesome manner by the abject failure of Police to save him.
“That faith in impartiality and fairness of investigation is a sine quo non of administration of Justice. At the very least there is a huge conflict of interest in Police investigating a case where the conduct of its own officials is under the scanner,” pointed out Adv. Ishkaran Bhandari in the petition, citing several similar cases ordered by Supreme Court for the CBI probe. The detailed petition is published at the end of this report.
“In fact, the Supreme Court has, time and again, transferred the investigation from the State investigating agencies to CBI, where there were allegations on Police officers, in order to administer complete justice and to instill confidence in the minds of victims and the public,” said Advocate Ishkaran Bhandari, seeking Rs.One crore compensation from the State Government to each victim.
Virat Hindustan Sangam (VHS) leader Natraj Shetty met the mother and wife of Driver Nilesh Telgade and arranged help and legal assistance. BJP leader VHS President Subramanian Swamy also demanded that the Chief Minister should agree for a CBI probe.
Based on my discussions with Senior Police officials, I as a person who knows the history of Palghar, being quite close by to my LS constituency: Mumbai NE, I am convinced that the killing of two Sadhus and their driver was premeditated murder. CM should agree to a CBI probe
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 22, 2020
VHS Maharashtra unit leaders Dr. Ajay Sankhe, Rajiv Harsora, and Palghar District VHS President Arvind Rai also met the victim driver’s family. Prashant Kalgulkar and Sheetal Kargulkar of the Kargulkar Pratishthan on Wednesday met the mother and wife of Driver Nilesh Telgade and handed over Rs.51,000 as immediate help. They said they will adopt the driver’s young daughters Shalini and Sanika. The two young daughters were unaware of the plight of their father to date.
On Thursday, Sadhus of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Margdarshak Mandal met Maharastra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari for impartial probe on this horrific incident. The Saints represented VHP are Mahamandeleshwar Swami Vishvesaranadaji Maharaj, Swami S Shankaranand Maharaj, and Swami Sukhdevanandji Maharaj. “The delegation of pujya Saints pointed out to the Governor that the particular belt in Palghar has been always a dangerous belt with the Left-leaning activists brainwashing innocent local people to take up arms with the propagation of Anti Hindu theories,” said Shriraj Nair, VHP Spokesperson of Mumbai.
The detailed petition filed by Adv Ishkaran Bhandari on behalf of the victims family demanding CBI probe is published below: