A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team on Saturday raided and sealed the Colaba flat of suspended Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) member of Parliament, Padmasinh Patil.
The 12-member CBI team raided the duplex flat — ground and first floors — in Shangrila building, opposite Colaba post office, at 12.15 pm. Finding it locked, the team sealed it and returned.
The CBI team was accompanied by 12 policemen from the Colaba police station. Four panchas (independent witnesses), all staffers of Mumbai Port Trust, were also present.
Patil is currently in CBI custody in connection with the murder of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar in 2006.
Senior CBI authorities remained tightlipped on the exact reason for raiding the flat.
However, sources in the CBI said the investigating agency has got information that some meetings related to Nimbalkar’s murder were held in the flat and that it might have some records which would help in the investigation.
The meetings were held between Patil’s close friend Satish Mandade and former Dombivli corporator Mohan Shukl, the sources added.
Both are in CBI custody.
The CBI is likely to ask for the extension of Patil’s police remand, which is ending on Sunday, as they would now want to take him to the flat to look for records that may help them in the case.
The CBI has also seized a diary maintained by Mandade that gives clues about distribution of the contract money to Nimbalkar’s killers.
The diary, written in a code language in Devnagri script was seized from Mandade’s Latur residence. It has the first letters of the names of people against whom particular amounts have been mentioned.
A CBI official said the diary has details of transactions done by Mandade in the last four years, including the contract he had got from Terna Sugar Cooperative factory, earlier controlled by Patil.
CBI officials said they would scrutinise the entries made around the time of Nimbalkar's murder on June 3, 2006.
The CBI has found that the contract money of Rs 30 lakh reached Mandade through a NCP leader from Marathwada. Mandade paid the money to the killers through Shukl.