The car in which the seven-year-old girl’s body was found was not Nitin Gadkari’s. This is what the police told the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court.
The body of a girl was found inside a car on the premises of the BJP leader’s residence at Mahal on May 19.
Public prosecutor Nitin Sambre told the court on Thursday that the car in which the body was found – MH 31 CS 2727 — was of Sudhir Diwe, managing director of Purti Sugar Factory and a close associate of Gadkari.
The court slammed the police as to why Diwe’s statement was not taken immediately to which Sambre said Diwe was in Delhi when the body was found.
The court said, “This does not mean his statement cannot be recorded. The investigation officer should have issued him a summons.”
Earlier the court had pulled up the police for lapses in the case.
Fixing the date for the next hearing on July 1, the bench told investigators to complete the probe before June 29.
In view of the lackadaisical investigation of the police into the matter and an “intention” to shield the culprit, the girl’s parents had filed a criminal writ petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.