In the Pawanraje Nimbalkar murder case, the Bombay High Court on Monday disposed of a petition filed by his wife Anandibai, saying it was satisfied with the CBI’s handling of the probe.
Anandibai had filed the petition in March after the CBI failed to take over the investigation despite the HC ordering it to in October last year.
The division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice RG Ketkar has also asked the government to provide infrastructure and logistic support to the CBI for this probe – which has resulted in the arrest of NCP MP Padmasinh Patil.
CBI counsels RF Lambey and Ejaz Khan submitted an affidavit detailing progress on the case so far. Khan also told the court that the CBI needs infrastructure and logistic support from the government.
Public prosecutor Usha Kejariwal submitted a report in court describing why it took five months for the state government to hand over the case to the CBI – the HC said it was satisfied with the report.
Kejariwal said the CBI should submit a letter about the support it needs from the government. Pawanraje Nimbalkar, then a Congress leader, was shot dead in daylight near Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, on June 3, 2006, along with his driver.