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Andhalkar was arrested after it emerged that he had allegedly “conspired with others and fabricated and manipulated evidence” whereas Kauthale was accused of “creating false evidence and fake eye-witnesses to shield the real conspirators and killers”.Shetty was murdered in Pune by unidentified assailants when he had stepped out of his house for morning walk at Talegaon Dabhade town in Pune district on January 13, 2010. He had been attacked with swords.
After filing of a closure report in a local court in August 2014 stating that it could not find any prosecutable evidence against the suspects, CBI in early 2015 reopened the probe in view of new evidence recovered during searches in Pune and Mumbai.
CBI had carried out the searches at 21 locations to probe allegations of land-grabbing along Mumbai-Pune highway on the directions of the Bombay High Court.
A year before he was killed, Shetty had reportedly lodged a complaint with Pune police`s crime branch about an alleged land scam involving IRB chairman Virendra Mhaiskar.