Mumbai: The CBI on Monday opposed the bail
application of suspended NCP MP Padamsinh Patil, arrested for
his alleged involvement in the 2006 murder of Congress leader
Pawanraje Nimbalkar, stating that he is the prime conspirator
in the case.
"There is strong circumstantial and direct evidence
against Patil to prove that he was the prime accused who
hatched the conspiracy to kill Nimbalkar," CBI said in its
reply filed before a sessions court in Alibag.
Patil, who was arrested in June this year, had approached
the court last week seeking bail on the grounds that his
custody was not required anymore as CBI has filed its
chargesheet in the case.
CBI, however, argued that if released on bail, Patil
might influence the witnesses and tamper with evidence.
The Sessions Court is likely to pass its order on the
bail application on September 17.
Patil had in July this year approached the Sessions Court
seeking bail. The court had however rejected the plea after
observing that it was a serious offence and that there was
prima facie evidence against Patil.
The CBI in its 5000-page chargesheet had named Patil as
the prime accused among eight other accused for allegedly
hatching the conspiracy and murdering Nimbalkar and his driver
Samad Kazi in June 2006 due to political and business rivalry.