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CBI may seek narco test on Padmasinh

india Updated: Jun 09, 2009 01:18 IST
Manish Pachouly
Manish Pachouly
Hindustan Times
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is planning to seek the Bombay High Court’s permission for subjecting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Padmasinh Patil — arrested in a murder case — to a narco-analysis test, as he is stonewalling all queries. Patil tainted by probe commission

Patil was arrested for being involved in the murder of Congressman Pawanraje Niwalkar and his driver Samad Kazi on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai on June 3, 2006. A blow-by-blow account

A senior CBI official said Patil, who will be in police custody till June 14, has so far “only denied involvement in the killing”.

The CBI came onto the scene when, in October 2008, the Bombay High Court ordered that the case be handed over to the premier probe agency.

The state government, however, gave all the credit of cracking the case to the Mumbai Police. Home minister Jayant Patil said on Monday that the Mumbai Police were instrumental in cracking the case.

The home minister was also stout in defending Patil, saying, “Honourable Padmasinh Patil has been arrested. However, a charge sheet has still not been filed. The matter is under investigation.”

Earlier, there was major pandemonium in the state assembly, as members of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena accused the NCP of trying to cover up for Padmasinh Patil. The House had to be adjourned twice.

“The NCP is not in the business of shielding or protecting anyone no matter how big he is. The law will take its own course,” Jayant Patil said.

The CBI sources said on condition of anonymity that Padmasinh Patil kept mum even when he was brought face-to-face with his friend, Satish Mandade, who allegedly paid Rs 30 lakh to Nimbalkar’s killers.

The CBI will also record the statement of social activist Anna Hazare, who was also a target of Nimbalkar’s killers. Parasmal Jain, who has been accused of recruiting the shooters, said Mandade wanted Hazare to be killed, but he refused to accept that contract.

“Hazare’s statement will be crucial as he and Nimbalkar exposed financial irregularities in Terna Sugar Cooperative Trust and Osmanabad District Cooperative Bank, both controlled by Patil,” CBI official, who refused to be identified, said.