The CBI today filed a charge sheet in the 2006 murder case of Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar in which it accused suspended NCP leader Padamsinh Patil of hatching the conspiracy due to political rivalry.
Prime accused Patil hatched the conspiracy in 2005 along with co-accused Satish Mandade and Mohan Shukla to eliminate Nimbalkar who he feared was posing a threat to his survival in politics, the 5,000-page charge sheet, filed in a Panvel court, stated.
Nimabalkar and his driver were shot dead on June 3, 2006, at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai. Tiwari, Singh and wanted accused Chotu Pandey had allegedly shot dead the duo, the CBI claimed, adding Patil had paid supari (contract killing) of Rs 30 lakh to other accused to eliminate the victim.
The charge sheet includes statements of 181 witnesses and over 200 documents as evidence against Patil and six other arrested accused.
The accused were charged under Sections 120(b) for conspiracy and Section 302 for double murder of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under various sections of the Arms Act.
The charge sheet also includes the statement of accused Parasmal Jain recorded by a Magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in which he has revealed his role and that of the other accused in the offence, said P Kandaswamy, head of the CBI Mumbai zone.
The six arrested accused are Mandade, Shukla, Parasmal Jain, Dinesh Tiwari, Pintu Singh and Kailash Yadav.
Two persons -- Chotu Pandey and Sashikant Kulkarni -- have been shown as wanted accused.
The arrested accused are in judicial custody while Patil is undergoing treatment for Malaria for the past one month at a government hospital in Navi Mumbai.
According to the CBI, Patil paid a supari (contract killing sum) of Rs 30 lakh for the murder of Nimbalkar.
"Shukla and Mandade then hired Jain to execute the murder who in turn arranged for the shooters -- Tiwari, Singh and Pandey -- with the help of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) activist Kailash Yadav," CBI officer Kandaswamy said.
He said that after the receipt of advance payments in three installments of Rs one lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh, Mandade procured arms, ammunition and vehicle for the job.
According to the chargesheet, in May 2006 Tiwari, Singh and Pandey reached Mumbai by train from Varanasi where they were received by Jain.
The trio was taken to Latur and Osmanabad to execute the plan but they failed to locate Nimbalkar. Jain then called Nimbalkar under a fictitious name of Mahendra Jain and said that he was interested in buying land in Latur and would like to meet him (Nimbalkar), Kandaswamy said.
He added that Jain had asked Nimbalkar to meet him at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai on June 3, 2006. When Nimbalkar arrived at the spot, the trio and Jain shot dead the Congress leader and his driver in the car. The accused then disposed off their arms and vehicle at a village near Panvel and fled, he said.
The CBI had taken over the case following a directive from the Bombay High Court last year in a petition filed by Nimbalkar's wife alleging that local police was not conducting the investigation properly.
Nimbalkar Case: CBI Files Charge Sheet
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