NCP MP Padamsinh Patil in CBI custody for Congress leader’s murder (Roundup)

June 7th, 2009 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, June 7 (IANS) Barely two weeks after he was elected to the Lok Sabha, former Maharashtra home minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Padamsinh Patil was Sunday arrested and sent to CBI custody till June 14 for the murder of a cousin-cum-Congress leader in 2006.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) picked up Patil, 64, in connection with the killing of Pavan Raje Nimbalkar and his driver Samad Qazi near Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, around 100 km from here, July 3, 2006.

He was produced before a holiday magistrate in Panvel, Navi Mumbai, and sent to CBI custody till June 14. The court also directed the CBI to provide all medical assistance to Patil in view of his health condition.

Even as Patil’s supporters went on a rampage this morning in his constituency Osmanabad, top state political leaders declined to make any comments.

Patil, one of the seniormost NCP leaders and a close relative and aide of its chief Sharad Pawar, has held important in the state government including home, energy and irrigation ministries.

Pawar said he had “full faith in the law” and expressed the hope that the law would take its due course.

Similarly, NCP leader and Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil said the CBI has yet to reach its final conclusions in the matter.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who leads a Congress-NCP coalition government, declined comments since the case was still being probed.

Soon after Patil was picked up from the official bungalow of his son Rana Jagatsinh Patil, the state information minister, he complained of giddiness and high blood pressure, and was admitted to the Sir J.J. Hospital.

After securing his remand, CBI Western Regional Joint Director Rishi Raj Singh told mediapersons: “We have arrested Patil and investigations are in progress. We cannot comment beyond this. As the Lok Sabha session is in progress, we have informed the speaker about this matter. For more details, you should contact the Lok Sabha secretariat.”

The CBI’s Senior Public Prosecutor Ejaz Khan informed that Patil has been charged under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

“We have found his complicity in the killing of Nimbalkar,” Khan said.

Reacting to the charges when he was being taken into custody, Patil said he was being framed with ulterior political motives. “These charges are all false and motivated,” he said.

Nimbalkar, a senior Congress leader, was lured on the pretext of striking a business deal and shot dead in his vehicle by two gunmen, near the busy Kalamboli suburb of Navi Mumbai.

Soon after the killing, his widow Anandi and son Om Raje cried foul and accused Patil of being responsible for the crime.

The case was being investigated by the Navi Mumbai police and Mumbai Police and later taken over by the CBI.

In February this year, police arrested two people who named Parasmal Jain, 47, and underworld sharpshooter Dineshram Tiwari, 37, for their involvement in the killing.

Police arrested the duo in May and handed them to the CBI May 25. Jain, suffering from AIDS, and Tiwari are in police custody till Monday.

In their confessional statement recorded before a magistrate, the duo also disclosed that they had got a Rs.2.5 million contract to kill social worker and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, a Magsaysay award winner.

The contract to kill Nimbalkar and Hazare was allegedly given by two businessmen, Mohan Shukla, a municipal corporator from Dombivili suburb in Thane, and Satish Mandade, a businessman from Latur.

Jain said he accepted the Rs.3 million contract to kill Nimbalkar because he wanted money for his AIDS treatment, he told police. In police custody till Monday, Jain and Tiwari said they refused to kill Hazare.

Jain also reportedly said that he was shown Nimbalkar’s photograph and told that he had to be “eliminated”.

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