‘Padamsinh pressurising on prosecution witnesses’
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Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 20:11
  
Mumbai: Member of Parliament Padamsinh Patil, prime accused in the 2006 murder case of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar, is using his influence and exerting pressure on the prosecution witnesses, CBI told the Bombay High Court on Monday.

According to an affidavit filed by the CBI in its petition, seeking cancellation of bail, granted by a sessions court to Patil, six of the prosecution witnesses turned hostile, while deposing before the trial court.

"The witnesses have gone back on their earlier statements given to the CBI because of the pressure tactics adopted by the respondent (Patil), who is a sitting MP from Osmanabad constituency and is highly influential," the affidavit filed by Samar Rana, deputy superintendent of police, CBI said.

Patil, who was arrested in June 2009, was granted bail by Alibaug sessions court in September the same year.

Following this, the CBI approached the high court, challenging the lower court's order.

The trial in the case commenced in July last year and the prosecution has so far examined 20 witnesses. "Out of the 20 witnesses, six have retracted from the earlier statement given by them to the investigating agency," the CBI affidavit said.

Justice RP Sondurbaldota has kept the matter for hearing on February 10.

According to CBI, Patil had hatched a conspiracy to murder Nimbalkar, as he viewed the latter's rise in political scene as a threat to him. Patil allegedly hired killers for Rs 30 lakh to eliminate Nimbalkar, who, along with his driver was shot dead on June 3, 2006 at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai.

Other accused in the case include Latur-based businessman Satish Mandade, corporator Mohan Shukla, Parasmal Jain, former state excise inspector Shashikant Kulkarni, Bahujan Samaj Party worker Kailash Yadav, alleged shooters Dinesh Tiwari, Pintu Singh and Chote Pandey.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 20:11


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