The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday took custody of Nationalist Congress Party MP Padmasinh Patil for questioning in connection with the killing of Congress leader Pawan Raje Nimbalkar. The CBI had not arrested Patil till the time of going to press, but sources said it was likely.
A CBI team picked up Patil from the Malabar Hill home of his son Rana Jagjit Sinh Patil, a state minister.
CBI Joint Director Rishi Raj Singh said: “We have informed the Lok Sabha speaker as Parliament is in session.” He refused to comment further.
Nimbalkar and his driver Samad Kazi were shot dead on June 3, 2006, on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway near Navi Mumbai. Patil’s name surfaced early in the case but the Navi Mumbai police could make no headway. Following a petition by Nimbalkar’s wife, Anandibai, the Bombay High Court transferred the case to the CBI last October. However, the state government transferred the case only in March 2009.
The CBI found that Satish Mandare, a businessman from Latur who was close to Patil, paid Rs 30 lakh to a man name Parasmal Jain to kill Nimbalkar.