Narendra Dabholkar case; Bombay HC observes ‘dangerous trend’ of eliminating opposition

In a stark observation, the Bombay High Court termed it a “dangerous trend” that takes to eliminating all opposition and liberal values.

The observation came about when Judges SC Dharmadhikari and Bharati Dangre were hearing a petition seeking court-monitored investigations into the killing of rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar.

The High Court also added that such incidents are also giving a bad name to the country.

“There is no respect for liberal values and opinions. People are increasingly being targeted for their liberal principles.

Not just thinkers, but any person or organisation that believes in liberal principles can be targeted.

It’s like if there is some opposition to me, I must have that person eliminated (sic),” the court said.


“This trend of killing all opposition is dangerous. This is giving a bad reputation to the country,” the court said.


The CBI and the Maharashtra Crime Investigation Department submitted their probe reports in the Mr Dabholkar and Mr Pansare murders.

Their progress made by the authorities so far had failed to yield any concrete results.

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