A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha heard a suo motu public interest litigation on the shortage of police and delay in investigations. The PIL was converted from petition filed by Ashwini Rane, widow of a slain Pune builder. Nikhil Rane was fired at on November 23, 2009 and died a week later. The widow moved HC which eventually directed CBI to probe the case. CBI could not crack the case.
Rane's advocates Anil Anturkar and Sugandh Deshukyar argued that from 2011 there is deficiency in filling vacancies in the force. ``Same police is being used for bandobast, traffic and law and order.,'' said Anturkar. He said the Supreme Court in 2006 in Prakash Singh case had directed segregation of investigative wing from that of law and order. He said vacancies were filled only of top brass while chunk of vacancies at the level of investigating officers remain empty and in some cases comprised upto 42 per cent.
"It is the end of the road for me. What happened to me should not happen to someone else,'' Anturkar argued for the widow. He also pointed out that Pune based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar's killer have not been nabbed even five months later. Prosecutor Prajakta Sawant said recruitment process is on and sought time to give status of vacancies filled to the court. The judges have posted the next hearing on February 13, 2014.