The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the alleged case of attempt to murder against Nitesh Rane, son of state industries minister, Narayan Rane, following inexplicable circumstances that created doubts about the manner in which the probe was conducted.
Nitesh is accused of firing at Chintu Shaikh, a member of his non-governmental organisation, Swabhimaan Sanghatana in September 2010.
A division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AR Joshi on Thursday transferred the probe to the CBI observing: “Since the petitioner has complained against Nitesh who is the brother of a sitting MP and the son of a minister, coupled with the circumstances presented from the record, which raise the issue of credibility of the investigation done so far, the appropriate course, in our opinion, is to transfer the investigation to CBI.”
Shaikh had filed a petition in October 2010 alleging that the police are shielding Nitesh at the behest of his father and sought that the investigation be transferred to the CBI.
The court observed that the manner in which the panchnama (document recording scene of crime) was conducted by the crime brach, call records, Rane’s haste to hold a press conference are all questionable.
The court said: “The material on record also indicates that the office was crowded with other visitors to meet Nitesh. Those people will be able to unravel the web of mystery. It will be necessary to identify those persons, which has not been done so far.”