The noose tightened around Nationalist Congress Party MP Padmasinh Patil (69) when Parasmal Jain, one of the accused in the murder of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar, took his name before a magistrate while recording his statement.
The CBI, which got Jain’s custody from the crime branch on May 25 along with another accused Dinesh Tiwari, recorded Jain’s statement before a magistrate. A statement recorded before a magistrate cannot be retracted by an accused.
The CBI’s case against Patil was further strengthened after it arrested his close friend Satish Mandade following Jain’s statement.
The crime branch had arrested Jain in February after they were tipped off about him by a bookie.
Though the crime branch arrested him in some other criminal cases, he reportedly revealed in May that he was involved in Nimbalkar’s killing.
In his statement to the crime branch and CBI, Jain said that in 2005 he had tested positive for HIV and needed money for treatment.
“I went to Mohan Shukl (BJP corporator from Dombivli) to request for some work that would fetch me some money,” Jain said in his statement.
He further said Shukl told him that Patil has spurned relations with his relative (cousin) Nimbalkar as the latter had raised corruption issues in Patil’s sugar factory.
Jain said in the statement that Shukl gave him the job to kill Nimbalkar and introduced him to Latur businessman Mandade. Shukl asked him to meet Mandade in Latur. “I went to Latur by train and stayed at the sugar factory guest house there,” Jain said in the statement.
He added that he had a meeting with Mandade at his bungalow where Rs 25 lakh was fixed as the contract amount to kill Nimbalkar (Rs 5 lakh was given in addition separately for purchase of arms and the vehicle). “Mandade gave me Rs 1 lakh and showed me Nimbalkar’s Latur bungalow. He also gave me Nimbalkar’s photo and addresses of both his Latur and Osmanabad bungalows,” Jain said in his statement.
However, after Jain and his team failed to kill Nimbalkar in Latur and Osmanabad, they reportedly called him for a land deal in Kalamboli and shot him and his driver dead on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.