The petrol adulteration scam allegedly involving the main suspects Nagpal brothers and Jalgaon-based businessman Antim Totla will now be investigated by Special Investigation Team (SIT).
According to police, Lalit and Anil Nagpal own several petrol pumps and are named as prime suspects in handling the petrol adulteration racket run in Maharashtra. Totla is suppose to be close friend of Sameer Bhujbal, nephew of senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal.
Based on the recommendation of the Bombay High Court the Maharashtra Government told the court that they will have over investigation into 36 other cases of petrol adulteration to the SIT.
There are around 178 cases of petrol adulteration registered in the state. Of these, investigation of six major scams was handed over to SIT on June 9, 2006 headed by KL Prasad, joint commissioner (state intelligence).
Public prosecutor Satish Borulkar told the court that they would hand over the investigation of 36 other petrol adulteration cases to SIT. The court was hearing a petition filed by State BJP President Nitin Gadkari seeking investigation by an independent agency.
A division bench of Justice SB Mhase and Justice SR Sathe also directed the SIT to take over investigation into any fresh case registered in Maharashtra involving petrol adulteration. The state government has been directed to provide necessary infrastructure to the SIT. The investigating agency has been asked to file investigation in the HC in six weeks time.