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CBI gets pulled up over narco tests issue

The CBI gets an earful from the Bombay HC over the issue of narco-analysis in the Vishram Patil murder case.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2008 01:02 AM IST

The CBI on Monday got an earful from the Bombay High Court over the issue of narco-analysis in the Vishram Patil murder case, in which President Pratibha Patil's brother is sought to be made an accused.

The High Court, which is dealing with Vishram Patil's widow's petition, expressed surprise that the central agency was dragging feet over subjecting the two suspects in the case to narco and other scientific tests.

"In other states you conduct these tests. When it comes to this state, you have problem," said Justice RMS Khandeparkar.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had sought time from the court six months ago saying it needed to conduct these tests on the two suspects, Damodar Lokhande and Leeladhar Narkhede, without which probe would not progress.

But the tests are yet to be conducted, court observed.

"There is no further progress in the probe," said the judges.

Finally, the court directed the CBI counsel to submit the report of the probe conducted so far on June 30.

Earlier, petitioner Rajni Patil's lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani alleged that a supplementary chargesheet filed by CBI against the accused Raju Mali and Raju Sonawane reveals certain other names, but those persons are not being questioned.

Vishram Patil, Rajni's husband and a Congress leader was killed in Jalgaon on September 21, 2005. She came to High Court last year alleging that Pratibha Patil's brother and Congress leader G N Patil was involved in the murder.

She demanded that GN Patil be made an accused.

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