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‘Seized weapons were licensed, money accounted for’

india Updated: Jun 20, 2009 00:23 IST
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Nationalist Congress Party Member of Parliament, Padmasinh Patil, clarified through his advocates on Friday that he had only four licensed weapons in his name and three swords.

Patil’s son, Prithviraj, and his advocates — Bhushan Mhadik and A Kapse — held a press conference on Friday.

Prithviraj, however, refused to speak at all.

He said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had seized all of these weapons during a raid on his Colaba residence on Thursday.

Patil possesses a pistol, s revolver, a rifle and a 12 bore rifle — all licensed, said Mhadik.

Besides, Patil possesses only three swords, his advocates said.

They clarified he did not have 52 swords, as reported by certain media.

Clarifying the amount recovered during the raid, Mhadik said: “The amount was Rs 7,26,140, which is accounted in income tax returns.”

Also, fixed deposit (FD) seized by the CBI includes private investments of Patil’s family, all of which are accounted for. “It also contained FDs of Terna Public Charitable Trust,” said Mhadik.

Alleged misappropriations of this trust was a bone contention between Patil and Nimbalkar, which led to a dispute between the two cousins.

The wireless sets seized by the CBI were provided to Patil by the concerned authorities when he was Cabinet Minister in 2004-05.

“These inadvertently came along with the luggage when he shifted out of his official residence,” said Mhadik, adding “Some of these sets are still sealed and never used.”

Patil had also collected newspaper clippings about the Nimbalkar murder case and had also recorded a compact disc of the narco analysis of Tanaji Patil, a suspect, when it was aired on a news channel.

Asked why it had done, Mhadik said, “What else would a man do when his name is shown on TV for over 12 hours.”