The Bombay high court dismissed a discharge application filed by Shashikant Kulkarni, an accused in the murder of a Congress leader in Jalgaon.
Nationalist Congress party leader Padamsinh Patil was also arrested in the case for his alleged involvement in the murder of Pawanraje Nimbalkar.
On June 3, 2006, Nimbalkar was shot dead near Kalamboli steel market in Navi Mumbai. His driver Samad Kazi was also killed in the attack.
Justice AR Joshi dismissed Kulkarni’s application observing that considering the material against him, it would not be appropriate to discharge him without a trial.
Kulkarni had approached the high court challenging the order of the sessions court in Alibaug, rejecting his discharge on December 6, 2010.
The Kalamboli police in Navi Mumbai arrested Kulkarni in June 2009. He is presently out on bail.
Nimbalkar’s wife, Anandibai, had filed a petition with the high court making allegations against Patil.
The high court on October 23, 2008, transferred the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation.