Uma Devi, in her petition, told Supreme Court that she is not satisfied with the probe being done by the state police and wants a special team to investigate. The Karnataka police have not been able to make much headway in the murder probe, the petition said. She also wants a former Supreme Court or High Court Judge to monitor the investigations. The Supreme Court has asked the Centre, State and the NIA to reply within six weeks. Professor Kalburgi was murdered in cold blood, in front of his house in Dharwad in August 2015.
Uma Devi's petition said Professor Kalburgi's murder "left every right-minded person in the society shell shocked; the murderers should not go unpunished". Her lawyer told the court that police are still clueless about similar cases, like the murder of Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar, both were rationalists and vocal critics of the Hindutva agenda. The Bombay High Court in December 2017, while hearing a petition seeking court-monitored probes into the killings of Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar observed that there has been a "dangerous trend" of eliminating all opposition and liberal values, which is giving the country a bad name.
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