Alarmed by the number of witnesses turning hostile in the 2006 murder case of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar, his family has approached the Bombay high court seeking transfer of trial from Alibaug to Mumbai.
Anandibai Nimbalkar, the wife of the deceased, has written an application seeking a stay on the trial presently being conducted at the Alibaug sessions court and its transfer to a court in Mumbai.
Earlier, the CBI, which is probing the case, had also filed an affidavit before the high court alleging that Padamsinh Patil was using his influence to exert pressure on the witnesses in the case. NCP MP from Osmanabad, Padamsinh Patil is the prime accused in the case.
“The witnesses have gone back on their statements given to the CBI because of the pressure tactics adopted by the respondent [Patil], who is highly influential,” the affidavit filed by Samar Rana, deputy superintendent of police, CBI said.