Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil today favoured a CBI probe into the killing of Nashik Additional Collector Yashwant Sonawane allegedly by the members of the oil mafia.
He has written a letter to the CBI Director in this regard.
"I have written to the CBI director about probing the case," the Home Minister said. The move comes a day after senior NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal, at a Cabinet meeting, demanded an inquiry by the central agency into the January 25 murder to blunt Opposition's criticism against him. Bhujbal, who is Guardian Minister of Nashik district, had said he made the demand to remove "even an iota of doubt" from the minds of people after the Opposition's allegations against NCP ministers over the gruesome killing.
"Opposition leaders, by making direct and indirect allegations, have pointed the needle of suspicion on me," Bhujbal had said. A delegation of leaders of main Opposition BJP met Governor K Sankaranarayanan yesterday and alleged a "cover-up" in the Sonawane killing.
Leader of the Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse and state BJP chief Sudhir Mungantiwar had said, "a minister is trying to shield the criminals and attempts to destroy evidence are underway."