ATS Chief Rakesh Maria Forced us to Take Rs 25 lakh, Confess to Dr. Dabholkar’s Murder

Accused Nagori and Khandelwal claim Maria  cited pressure to crack case from home minister R R Patil
BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent 
In a stunning revelation in connection with Dr. Narendra Dabholkar murder case, Manish Nagori ( 24), prime accused told a Pune court on Tuesday that he was being pressurized to ‘confess’ to the crime by ATS chief Rakesh Maria who offered him Rs 25 Lakhs for owning up the crime because of poitical pressure. Nagori also alleged that he has been implicated falsely and that he had no connection with the murder.

Nagori told Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) A.B. Shaikh that he is being tortured by the ATS to confess their involvement. Nagori further claimed that he was in Mumbai on August 20 last year when the murder took place in Pune. Nagori’s lawyer Biju Aloor told in the open court which was packed with police officials, lawyers, the media and the public that the monetary offer was made when Nagori along with the other accused Vikas Khandelwal were in the custody of the ATS for 28 days in November last year.

Nagori and Khandelwal further alleged before the magistrate that the crime branch of the Pune police has made them a scapegoat in the Dabholkar case due to pressure from home minister R R Patil. They claimed that the ATS had illegally subjected them to lie detector, polygraph and narco analysis tests as neither their consent nor that of the court had been sought.

ATS officials say that nagori is making allegations against them as they have busted his arms dealing racket. ATS has registered four cases against him two at kalachowky, one each at pune and vikhroli. ‘ We had arrested nagori and his 10 accomplices and seized 20 pistols, 46 rounds and 3 magazines. He sold pistols for Rs 40,000 to 80,000 to criminals in Maharashtra and other states. He was earlier in custody of Thane police but they couldn’t seize as much weapons as we did. Nagori’s business of arms dealing has been almost destroyed , hence he is hurt and making these allegations.’


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