The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday informed a magistrate court in Panvel that it had succeeded in nabbing one more culprit in connection with the 2006 murder of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar.
CBI prosecutor Ejaz Khan also informed the court that some crucial evidence had been collected against suspended Nationalist Congress Party MP Padmasinh Patil, who has been arrested in the high-profile murder case.
Patil, a former home minister, his close aide Satish Mandade and suspended BJP corporator from Dombivli, Mohan Shukla, were produced in the magistrate court on Sunday afternoon following the culmination of their earlier remand.
The magistrate extended Patil’s CBI custody till June 20 while Mandade and Shukla were remanded to judicial custody till June 26.
Seeking an extension of Patil’s custody, Khan informed the court that the CBI had located one more shooter of Nimbalkar in Uttar Pradesh and vital evidence had been collected from him in connection with the murder case.
Joint Director CBI (Western Zone) Rishiraj Singh told Hindustan Times that the shooter, Pintu Singh alias Pintu Choudhary alias Manoj Jadhav, will be brought to Mumbai in two days, after completing judicial formalities there.
An officer connected with the investigation told HT that Parasmal Jain, who allegedly received Rs 30 lakh as contract-killing amount from Mandade, had parted Rs 4 lakh with Pintu Singh for gunning down the Congress leader.
Khan complained to the court that Padmasinh Patil was not co-operating with the investigators and he deliberately kept his flat in Colaba locked, forcing the CBI to seal it.
The CBI had arrested Patil, an MP from Osmanabad, on June 6 in connection with the 2006 murder case.