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Jalgaon murder: Investigating officer contradicts his high court affidavit

india Updated: May 09, 2011 02:02 IST
Kiran Sonawane

Contrary to his affidavit in Bombay high court, investigating officer Nanarao Ghuge deposed in the Jalgaon trial court that the statement of Rajni Patil, Vishram Patil’s wife, was not recorded by the crime branch.

Jalgaon district Congress committee president Vishram Patil was found murdered on September 21, 2005.

Rajni had alleged that GN Patil, brother of president Pratibha Patil, was the mastermind. Intra-party rivalry between Vishram and GN Patil was being cited as the motive behind the murder.

Then police inspector with the crime branch, Ghuge, had filed an affidavit before the Bombay high court in 2009 claiming that he had recorded Rajni Patil’s statement and had even attached a copy of the same.

However, during his cross examination by defence advocate SK Kaul in the trial court, Ghuge said that he had made attempts to record Rajni’s statement, but had not recorded her statement. “During my nine days of investigation, I did not record the statement of the deceased’s wife,” states the evidence recorded before the additional sessions judge MR Puranik on April 30.

The evidence adds: “I filed an affidavit before the high court at Mumbai on April 15, 2009. It is not correct that statement of wife of the deceased (Rajni) was annexed by me along with the affidavit.”

According to Ghuge’s deposition, he had visited Rajni to record her statement, but on one occasion she was unwell and on two other occasions she was not available at her residence.

In contrast, the five-page affidavit filed by Ghuge before the high court states: “During the course of the investigation on 21.9.2005, I recorded the statement of Rajni Vishram Patil wherein she had stated that GN Patil and Mahindra Singh Patil were the political opponents of her husband Prof VG Patil.”

His affidavit had added that since Rajni was making allegations against GN Patil, and due to “media constantly flashing the news”, he had even recorded statements of GN Patil, Ulhas Patil and Ramesh Chaudhary. Ghuge has admitted to having recorded their statements before the sessions judge.

Ghuge had come for deposition after the sessions judge had issued a non-bailable warrant as he failed to appear despite repeated summons.

The court imposed a fine of Rs300 on him.