27 January, 2021

Body Blow To The Sena

The transfer of the Kini murder case to the CBI is a political setback for the Thackerays

Body Blow To The Sena

IT’S a slap on the face that has left the ruling Shiv Sena reeling. Till now, party leaders were dismissive about allegations that the suspicious death of Ramesh Kini had anything to do with Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s family. But the Bombay High Court’s recent order that investigations in the case should be transferred from the State CID to the CBI has put the party on the defensive.

Sheila, the widow of Ramesh Kini who has been relentlessly pursuing the case, had filed a writ petition on August 13 seeking the transfer of the case to the CBI on the grounds that a state-level probe would not inspire confidence when ruling party members were among the suspects. Kini’s landlord is closely linked to the Thackeray family, and the allegation is that the Sena had Kini bumped off as a favour.

A division bench of the court—comprising Justices Ashok Agarwal and R.M.S. Khandeparkar—seemed to find merit in the argument. While transferring the case, the judges said that the state police had ignored the angle of homicide and had concluded that Kini,...



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