INDIAS’s top investigating agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has done a very irresponsible act. CBI showed photo copy of the revolver used in politician Pawanraje Nimbalkar murder case and witness identified it. Currently it is in the court. Another development of the case is that the widow of Pawanraje Nimbalkar, Anandibai Nimbalkar has appointed an advocate Amit Nalavade for supervising the case.
During a hearing on October 4, 2014 of the case, CBI showed the photo copy of the revolver to witness Kailash Yadav that was used in the killing of Pawanraje Nimbalkar alias Bhupasingh and he identified the same.
Earlier on October 1, 2014 witness Kailash Yadav was examined who had declared that the accused Dinesh Tiwari, Pintu Singh and Chote Pandey had come to Bihar and had met accused and handed over the revolver which was kept in red colour plastic bag which was later recovered from scene of offence.
On October 16, 2014 another witness Ismile Dastagir Patel was examined. On the day on which the incident occurred, Pawanraje Nimbalkar took lunch at Amber hotel in Shahad, Kalyan and later dropped Dastagir near Kalyan railway station and then proceeded on his way to Pune. Later, he was murdered.
Nalawade a noted criminal lawyer of the Bombay High Court has been appointed by informant Anandibai Nimbalkar to supervise the case.
On June 3, 2006, Pawanraje Nimbalkar along with his driver was shot dead on the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway at Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai. Two gunmen had opened fire at him. FIR was registered in Kalamboli police station, Navi Mumbai. Two years have passed but Kalamboli police as well as the Crime Branch of Navi Mumbai has failed to nab the accused.
Then NCP MP Padamsingh Patil arrested
Then Member of Parliament (MP) from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Padamsingh Patil (in 2009), Parasmal Jain, Dineshram Tiwari, Latur based businessman Satish Mandade, former state excise inspector Shashikant Kulkarni, alleged shooters Dinesh Tiwari, Pintu Singh and Chote Pandey and corporator Mohan Shukla were arrested in the matter.
Padamsingh Patil is the main accused. He allegedly paid Rs. 30 lakh to alleged contract killer Parasmal Jain to kill Nimbalkar. The money had been delivered through Padamsingh Patil’s aide Mohan Shukla.
It was setback for CBI when total of 12 witnesses had turned hostile so far at the ongoing trial before Alibag Sessions Court in neighbouring Raigad district.
On October 23, 2008 Anandibai had approached the Bombay High Court seeking that trial to be transferred from Alibag to an Independent agency alleging that Padamsingh Patil and his relative Jagdishsingh Patil were influencing police machinery and threatening the witnesses. On the same day court transferred case to CBI.On March 20, 2009 Navi Mumbai crime branch handed over case (documents) to CBI.
On June 6, 2009 Bombay High Court and then Supreme Court rejected anticipatory bail applications of Patil and on the same day CBI arrested Patil. On September 25, 2009 Padamasingh Patil was granted a bail from Alibag Sessions Court on a surety of Rs 2, 00,000.
On August 20, 2009 CBI filed chargesheet in the matter. According to the chargesheet Padamsingh and co-accused Satish Mandade and Mohan Shukla entered into the criminal conspiracy to eliminate Pawanraje Nimbalkar.
The trial started in July last year and the prosecution has examined 20 witnesses so far.
On February 22, 2012 CBI filed an affidavit before High Court stating that due to threat tactics adopted by Padamsingh Patil nine witnesses turned hostile during the course of trail.
On December 6, 2010 an FIR was registered against Padamsingh Patil and others in Solapur police station under sections 109, 365, 143, 147 of 149 of IPC for unlawful assembly and kidnapping during the election of Kalamb Agriculture Produce Market Committee (KAPMC).
More shocking and interesting thing is that, even after taking Oath under the Indian Oath Acts, the witness Prashant Shukla who is the son of one of the accused, refused to identify his father Mohan Shukla before the court.