'Will consider CBI probe if state requests'

Union Minister of State for Home Gurudas Kamat on Friday visited the house of slain additional collector Yashwant Sonawane to express condolences to his family and said the Centre would consider ordering a CBI investigation into the officer's murder.
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Updated on Jan 29, 2011 12:52 AM IST
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Union minister of state for Home Gurudas Kamat on Friday visited the house of slain additional collector Yashwant Sonawane to express condolences to his family and said the Centre would consider ordering a CBI investigation into the officer's murder.

"If the Maharashtra government requests for a CBI probe, the Central government will think about it," he told reporters after the visit.

Sonawane's wife Vijaya had on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into her husband's brutal murder. Leader of Opposition in State Legislative Council and BJP leader Pandurang Phundkar also paid a visit to Sonawane's residence and demanded the resignation of State PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who is also the district guardian minister.

Phundkar criticised the state government in failing to contain major adulteration in petroleum products and said Bhujbal should step down on moral grounds.

The 46-year-old Malegaon additional collector was set on fire allegedly by the oil mafia at Manmad on January 25 at a roadside dhaba.

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