A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, which is investigating an attempt-to-murder case involving Nitesh Rane, son of Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane, visited his Bandra office and reconstructed the alleged firing incident today.
Sources told Hindustan Times that the CBI team, which included forensic experts from New Delhi, visited the office on Thursday around 11 am. They spent around five hours conducting the spot panchnama and reconstructing the alleged shooting, which took place on September 23, 2010.
Sources said that the team also took along complainant Chintu Shaikh and recorded his statement. The CBI team also questioned Nitesh over the allegations.
“This is not the first time that we are reconstructing a crime scene. We had done it in the Pawanraje Nimbalkar murder case as well,” said a CBI officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
In his original complaint, Sheikh had said that Nitesh shot him twice at the Khar office of Swabhiman Sanghatana, an outfit run by the latter. However, the police did not register a case against Nitesh and the crime branch too gave him a clean chit.
The probe into the case was handed over to the CBI following a Bombay high court order on March 24. The CBI registered a case and a first information report was lodged against Nitesh on April 8.
In a statement issued to the press on Thursday, Nitesh said, “The CBI’s inquiry is going on and we have rendered our full support.”
He claimed that the BMC’s ruling party has hatched a conspiracy against him as his NGO is doing good work and is gaining popularity. “Once the CBI report is out, everyone will know who the real hero is and who the real villain is,” the statement said.
Pramod Mudmatkal, superintendent of police, was unavailable for comment.