`Probe against Nitesh Rane to be completed by March`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 15:30
Mumbai: The CBI on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that it would complete its investigation into the attempt to murder case against Nitesh Rane, son of Maharashtra Industries minister Narayan Rane, within four weeks and file a charge sheet.

CBI was handed over the probe into the case in March 2011 after the alleged victim, Chintu Shaikh, filed a petition in the high court, claiming that the police are trying to shield Nitesh and hence the case should be handed over to an independent agency.

The probe agency in April last year had registered a case against Nitesh and others for attempt to murder. However, no arrests were made till date.

Nitesh is accused of firing at Shaikh, a former member of his NGO Swabhimaan Sanghatana, in September 2010 at the NGO office, following a verbal feud.

The high court was also informed today by Shaikh's lawyer that he was being threatened by Nitesh's aides to withdraw the case and that the police is yet to take a decision on an application filed by him, seeking protection.

A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P D Kode directed the Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Protection) to decide on Shaikh's application within four weeks.

On a lighter note, the court suggested Shaikh to join the opposite political party to put an end to the harassment.

"The only remedy is to join some political party which believes in retaliatory actions. We don't want to name the party," Justice Kanade said.

The court has disposed of Shaikh's petition.


First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 15:30

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