CBI wants Anna Hazare to depose in Congress leader Nimbalkar murder case

Nimbalkar, a Congress leader from Osmanabad, and his driver Samad Abdul Wahid Kazi were shot dead on the Mumbai-Pune expressway in June 2006

mumbai Updated: Jul 23, 2017 01:33 IST
Charul Shah
Charul Shah
Hindustan Times
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The CBI said getting Hazare to depose before the court will help their case against Patil, as he allegedly wanted to kill Anna Hazare (in pic) for exposing the alleged irregularities. (File photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) wants to summon anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare as a prosecution witness in the 11-year-old murder case of Congress leader Bhupalsingh Nimbalkar.

NCP leader and former state minister Padmasinh Patil is being tried for Nimbalkar’s murder. The CBI claimed Nimbalkar was exposing irregularities in some of Patil’s activities and that this gave Patil motive to kill him. The CBI said getting Hazare to depose before the court will help their case against Patil, as he allegedly wanted to kill Hazare for exposing the alleged irregularities. The agency claimed Nimbalkar had become a threat to Patil’s political career.

During their probe, the CBI said Parasmal Jain — who was given the contract to kill Nimbalkar — confessed the contract killers were also ordered to kill Hazare.

The CBI then approached Hazare and asked him about Patil. In his statement, Hazare said he had launched a campaign against Patil and that he was not happy with this. To prove the connection, the agency said Hazare will be their next prosecution witness.

But Patil’s lawyer objected to this and filed a plea before the special CBI court, asking it to drop Hazare from the list of witnesses.

The defense told the court Hazare’s deposition was not relevant to the Nimbalkar murder case.

While the special court accepted the defense’s plea, it has asked the CBI to file their reply on this plea.

The CBI has examined 112 witnesses so far.

According to the CBI’s charge sheet, in 2005, Patil and co-accused Satish R Mandade and Mohan Shukla planned to murder Nimbalkar as he posed a threat to Patil’s political career.

The agency claims Shukla arranged to give Jain a contract of Rs30 lakh, on behalf of Patil, to kill Nimbalkar. Jain allegedly arranged for three shooters — Dinesh Tiwari, Chhote Pandey and Pintoo Singh — who bought the arms and a vehicle to execute the killing. The CBI said the shooters were paid in instalments .

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 01:33 IST