The CBI on Thursday named suspended NCP MP Padamsinh Patil as prime accused and conspirator in the 2006 murder case of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimabalkar in its 5000-page charge sheet.
CBI, in the charge sheet, alleged that Patil hatched the conspiracy to murder Nimbalkar due to political rivalry because he nursed a suspicion that Nimabalkar had challenged his (Patil’s) survival in politics.
Patil had paid ‘supari´ (contract killing) of Rs 30 lakh to other accused to eliminate Nimbalkar, CBI said.
The other arrested are Satish Mandade, Mohan Shukla, Dinesh Tiwari, Parasmal Jain, Kailash Yadav and Pintu Singh.
“The charge sheet, filed in a Panvel court near here, includes statements of 181 witnesses and over 200 documents alleging involvement of Patil and others in the crime,” said P Kandaswamy, head of CBI’s Mumbai Zone.
Nimabalkar and his driver were shot dead on June 3, 2006, at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai. Tiwari, Singh and wanted accused Chotu Pandey had allegedly shot dead the duo.