New Delhi, July 5: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking fresh probe into the killing of former Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who was martyred during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. The apex court said the terrorists were found guilty and executed., therefore, the case can't be reopened.
The petition was filed by Maharashtra’s former Inspector General of Police S M Mushrif, who contended that Hemant Karkare was not killed by terrorists but by some others taking advantage of the attack. Karkare arrested several members of the right-wing group Abhinav Bharat in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case.
Hemant Karkare, along with senior police officers Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar, were killed outside Cama Hospital after Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab and his partner Ismail opened fire at their police van on November 26, 2008.
In January this year, the Bombay High Court had refused to order a probe into the death of Karkare and disposed of a petition alleging that his killing was a conspiracy hatched by right-wing extremists.