Judicial custody of Padamsinh Patil extended till July 31

Mumbai: The judicial custody of suspended NCP leader Padamsinh Patil, arrested in the murder case of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar, was today extended till July 31 by a court in Panvel near here.

Patil, who is presently lodged in the Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai, was today produced before a magistrate in Panvel by the CBI.

Meanwhile, the NCP leader today filed an application before the court seeking that the CBI be directed to open the six lockers seized by them from his residence in Osmanabad in the presence of his family and lawyer.

The CBI had seized six lockers from Patil's residence when searches were conducted there.

"We have no objection to Patil's application and informed the court that correct procedure is followed and that the lockers would be opened only in the presence of Patil's family and lawyer," CBI counsel Ejaz Khan said.

Meanwhile, a sessions court in Alibag is likely to pass its order on Patil's bail application, filed last week.

Patil and six others have been accused of allegedly murdering Nimbalkar and his driver on June 3, 2006 in Kalamboli at Navi Mumbai.

Bureau Report