A transcript of the press conference taken by industries minister Narayan Rane, after his son was accused of firing at a member of his non-governmental organisation, Swabhimaan Sanghatana, will be examined in the Bombay high court.
A division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AR Joshi on Tuesday asked Rane’s counsel for a transcript of the press conference in which Rane had claimed that his son, Nitesh, president of Swabhimaan Sanghatana, was innocent and had nothing to do with the alleged attack on Shamim alias Chintu Shaikh.
The transcript has to be submitted in court by Wednesday. The petition will be heard on January 13.
Shaikh had lodged a complaint with the Powai police on September 23, 2010, that Nitesh had fired at him twice at the organisation’s Khar office. Shaikh, a member of Nitesh’s outfit, alleged that the bullet brushed past his cheek, causing an injury.
Rane had given an interview to journalists on September 24, 2010, a day after the alleged incident, claiming that his son was innocent.
Shaikh had filed petition in the high court alleging that the police are trying to shield Nitesh at the behest of his father and sought that the investigation be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Advocate general Ravi Kadam told the court that there was no delay in registering the first information report and that the police have already recorded statements of all witnesses and are investigating the case. Kadam said there were no exceptional circumstances for the case to be transferred to the CBI.
The Powai police had lodged the FIR on the night the incident occurred and the case was immediately transferred to the Bandra police station, under whose jurisdiction the it took place.
On October 2, 2010, the government transferred the case to the crime branch.
Shaikh has also alleged that Rane influenced the doctors who treated him. On September 24, the chief executive officer of Hiranandani Hospital, where Shaikh was treated, said the injury was not caused by a bullet but by a piece of glass.