Describing the probe conducted by the Navi Mumbai crime branch as “faulty” and “one-sided”, the Mumbai High court has transferred the investigation of the Pawanraje Nimbalkar murder case to the CBI. Pawanraje Nimbalkar, a Congress leader from Usmanabad, was shot dead on June 3, 2003, at Kalamboli while traveling down Pune-Mumbai Expressway. His driver, too, was killed. A petition was fild by his wife in the high court seeking a CBI probe and alleging that NCP leader Padmasinh Patil -a former state minister- had a hand in the murder. After hearing the matter over several dates, the court, in its judgment said the probe conducted by the Navi Mumbai crime branch had hit a “deadlock” and did not inspire confidence. The judges stated that the police did not trace the missed calls on Nimbalkar’s mobile on the day of the murder. They also said that in a matter concerning a person who had connections with the administration, it was in the public interest that the CBI probed the case. Further looking down on the laxness of the Navi Mumbai crime Branch, the court stated that narco-analysis of Tanaji Patil, an arrested accused, had revealed Vicky Malhotra’s name, a Chotta rajan aide but the police failed to interrogate him too. Bureau report NMTV.
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