RTI activist Satish Shetty killed near Pune:
Prominent Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty
was Wednesday killed when he was attacked by unidentified men while
on a morning walk in Talegaon, on the outskirts of this....Read Full
Mumbai: In a significant
development, the Bombay High Court Thursday suo moto ordered the
Maharashtra government and the state police to probe the killing of
Pune-based RTI activist Satish Shetty.
The division bench of Justice F.I. Febello and Justice J.H. Bhatia
issued the order when a similar case was brought up before the
While the judges
rejected the case, they told Advocate-General Ravi Kadam that the
home department and the police must probe the killing of Shetty and
the attack last fortnight on another Mumbai activist, Nayana
Kathpalia, and report to the court, said activist Sumaira Abdulali.
The judges said
the report, including security measures being taken for the
activists, must be submitted within a week.
Rattled by the
court order, the government announced that it would launch an
offensive against land sharks and land mafia all over Maharashtra.
R.R. Patil told mediapersons late Thursday evening that the
government was seized of Shetty’s killing and would not spare the
land mafia responsible for the incident.
“We are happy
that the honorable Bombay High Court has suo moto taken up the cause
now,” Abdulali told IANS.
A leading social
and Right to Information (RTI) activist, Shetty was attacked with
swords and choppers by unidentified men when he was on his morning
walk at Talegaon, on the outskirts of Pune.
Shetty, 38, a
systematic whistle-blower, was credited with exposing several major
land scams in the picturesque Talegaon-Lonavala regions, now a
favourite with realtors in the state.
He shot to fame
a few years ago after exposing certain corrupt land deals in and
around the country’s first expressway, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
The fatal attack
on Shetty came barely a week after another prominent Mumbai social
activist, Nayana Kathpalia, was attacked and Neera Punj of Citispace
“This has become
a trend and social activists are considered soft targets. The
government must take immediate steps to stop such attacks,” said
Sumaira, convener of the Movement against Intimidation, Threats and
Revenge against Activists (MITRA).
MITRA has sent
letters to Home Minister R.R. Patil listing the attacks suffered by
activists in recent times.